Trans Artist ANOHNI Drops New Music Video in Wake of Bathroom Bill Controversy

Trans Artist ANOHNI Drops New Music Video in Wake of Bathroom Bill Controversy

Artist Eliza Douglas takes a mysterious road trip in ANOHNI's trippy new video.

Artist Eliza Douglas takes a mysterious road trip in ANOHNI's trippy new video.

Text: Jacob Seferian

ANOHNI, formerly the lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, released a new music video for her track “Paradise” today. It’s the first single from her forthcoming EP of the same name and stars artist Eliza Douglas, a frequent muse of Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia. 

Like most other ANOHNI videos, she does not appear onscreen, but her voice has a palpable quality which renders her omnipresent. The song is not as overtly political as her last electronic-inspired album, HOPELESSNESS, which as the title suggests, was a brutal assessment of the current times. While other artists stick to the bankable realm of heartbreak and love, ANOHNI’s music tends to veer into heavier themes like climate change, NSA surveillance, and drone warfare. A task that might be too ambitious if it weren’t grounded by her captivating voice.

“Paradise” with its sonic beat is a continuation of musical elements explored in her first solo album. The video, directed by Colin Whitaker, capitalizes on the moody instrumentation by playing with color saturation. The primary narrative is vague, we see Eliza Douglas lip-syncing in the front of the car driving towards an unknown location.

The release of the video comes in the wake of renewed concern over transgender rights after Donald Trump revoked the federal mandate protecting trans folk using the public bathroom that best corresponds to their gender identity. Towards the end of the song the music drops leaving ANOHNI, a trans woman, singing, “Here, myself here, here." A bold proclamation of identity in a time when that identity is continually threatened. 

The Paradise EP is set to drop March 17th. Check out the haunting music video for the title track below:

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