Harry Hains’ label and family share new posthumous release, ‘Paradise’
Lifted from his forthcoming, posthumous EP ‘A Glitch In Paradise’, multi-dimensional and compelling musician, actor (most noted for American Horror Story and The OA,) artist, and acclaimed model, Harry Hains‘ family and record label have released a third single today from his ANTIBOY project, titled ‘Paradise’. Revealing further complexity and depth to the enigma that is Hains‘ artistry and the ever-expanding story of one of Australia’s most unique artists, ‘Paradise’ takes a close look at modern love and its many misconceptions.
In addition to the new single, Harry’s record label – ANTIBOY Records – have also released another visually stunning, animated video to further expand on Harry’s vision. Produced and created by Harry’s brother Sam Hains, the visuals depict a bittersweet alternate version of reality, unveiling the beauty and sadness within.
Harry’s concept of ANTIBOY offers a portal into an age of existence where there is complete unparalleled freedom to live without preconceptions and societal labels. In a robot utopia where there is no inequality, prejudice, or toxicity, Harry (as the genderless robotic character ANTIBOY) imagines a world in which human and machine co-exist and eventually conjoin. Harry lived this through his own identity, which was gender fluid, shapeshifting and open to interpretation just like his music. The focus on artificial intelligence, of non-binary existence, and Harry’s robotic, neutral vocal delivery negates gender and labels, opening up a conversation about what the future of our species should and could be.
Hains said of the project, “ANTIBOY represents the idea that most things that we are taught to believe in are an illusion. The idea of gender, sexuality and race are social constructs. ANTIBOY is this place of true equality. The surface doesn’t really matter anymore. It’s really who we are…that’s what matters – the amalgamation of our memories and experiences. We are one human consciousness.”
To celebrate the release of the single and new music video, ANTIBOY Records also worked with established queer community Club Quarantine, for a pre-release party called “Club Quarantine – Welcome To Paradise Rave”. Watch the clip for ‘Paradise’ below:
Words by Emma Jones