Hannah Rosa premieres her video for Buried Alive

There’s something about body paint that seems otherworldly. Human beings are frankly quite boring to look at*. No feathers, no scales, no tails**. Just some variety in pigmentation, and as the king of pop used to say, that doesn’t really matter. But body paint has this incredible ability to take transform the human body and imbue it with wonder.

Whether it be a good old fashioned child’s bunny rabbit face paint or something far more intricate the grown ups like to play with, it manages to opens up a new avenue of how to express the body and explore one’s self. Which is used to full effect in the new video for Buried Alive from Hannah Rosa.

Hannah Rosa

Hannah Rosa’s video for Buried Alive is anything but suffocating.The nuanced, shimmering clip compliments the narrative of fighting inner demons in the dark.

The lovely Hannah Rosa is just like the wine she is named after; light on the palette, sweet without being too overbearingly sugar-y, well balanced that it matches well with any occasion and manages to have a levity that stays with you long after that first encounter. Okay, so there isn’t a wine named Hannah Rosa, but the comparison is warranted. Her subtle crooning and intricate arrangements are quite beautiful.

Hannah Rosa hails from Brisbane and has two EP’s, Tall Poppy and Buried Alive already under her belt. The title track of the later, Buried Alive features her carefully measured vocals and gentle guitar. Yet upon closer inspection there is something slightly more sinister within what the unwitting listener may write off as a pretty song. Yes it is indeed a gorgeous track, but there is a darkness at play here, as if the delicate tones are engaged in a tumultuous struggle with a foreboding element. It is a song that reflects the struggle within one’s self, a plea to stop pretending and be content, a resignation that some people are sometimes unable to pull themselves from the hole they’ve dug for themselves. Rich, textured and with sweet finish, although ‘Buried Alive’ is a shitty name to give a wine.

Directed by Dean Swindell the video for Buried Alive is quite nuanced and compliments the sentiments expressed in the song incredibly well. It’s quite a sparse, simple clip and for that Swindell should be congratulated. Shot with a single source of light in a room consumed by shadow it captures the ideas of being confined by things that are overwhelming yet mysterious in nature. The silhouette shots are sensual without being overtly sexy, and it is a relief that things don’t go into unnecessary NSFW territory. It isn’t needed to tell the narrative of the song, Hannah’s silhouetted body revealing the raw subject matter; the feeling of isolation you can impose on yourself. The shadows that fall on Hannah’s face translate well the lingering doubts that are juxtaposed the glimmers of hope.

And then there’s the body paint. Sure, it’s nothing particularly spectacular, but those simple, painted stars work well to transform Hannah into something else. I used the word sensual before and that feels most fitting. She doesn’t just sing the song, but uses her body to interpret the song physically. The way she rolls her shoulders and tilts her head back and forth speaks to troubled nature of the song, the paint elevating the scenario to another level in terms of visual aesthetic. As the light shimmers the stars (or are they actually flowers?) on her body seemingly twinkle, inviting the hope that the individual within Buried Alives‘s narrative can see the way forward and finally come up for air.

Be sure to keep an eye on Hannah’s socials for all the latest touring info.

*Ed. I believe that depends quite strongly on the state in which they’re looked at [inserted them removed trashy link].

**Ed. You asked for it!



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