Toronto-based indie artist Brahny has shared a new music video for his latest track, “Paradise.” Divided into three acts, the singer-songwriter slowly offers a beautifully-color graded visual inspired by his Chinese heritage, ending the final act with face paint that pays homage to Beijing Opera. “I love how overstated and explicit the visual styling of Beijing Opera is. The masks are a representation of the intense moods that the characters feel. The feelings are literally painted on their faces for the world to seem,” he said in a recent interview.
The track’s lyrical content additionally borrows a recurring theme in Beijing Operas, and Brahny has been able to craft the exaggerated narratives into a simpler one, explaining, “We’re constantly being bombarded with the ‘ideal relationship’ – an idyllic concept that hardly seems to reflect reality. The melodramatic stories from Beijing Opera seem to understand that.” He adds, “Where there’s life there’s death, and where there’s love there will always be complication. ‘Paradise’ is an attempt to show (in an overly dramatic way) that regardless of how perfect an initial love or infatuation is, there will likely be stuff you’ve gotta deal with and work on.”
Watch Brahny’s “Paradise” music video above and stream the track on Spotify and Apple Music.
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