Genderfluid model, artist, and actor Harry Hains tragically passed away from a drug overdose in January, and now his family is honoring his memory by releasing a new posthumous album, A Glitch in Paradise. The third animated video for a song off the album has been released. Check out the beautiful video for “Paradise” now.
You may know Hains from his roles in American Horror Story and The OA, or you may be more familiar with his music project, ANTIBOY. Hains had said that 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… The surface doesn’t really matter anymore. It’s really who we are, that’s what matters - the amalgamation of our memories and experiences.”
Hains’s brother, 3D artist Sam Hains, has created a series of animated music videos for several tracks off of ANTIBOY’s upcoming album, A Glitch In Paradise, and now the family is releasing them ahead of the full album coming out December 4, which is Harry’s birthday.
The first single and video released was “Good Enough,” an ANTIBOY original. The second was for his reimagining of the classic Nancy Sinatra song “Bang Bang.” The video is like a first-person shooter (very appropriate for the song), and moves the viewer through a green-tinted swamp in the middle of a city. It’s moody and grimy and perfect for ANTIBOY’s sound.
The new song, “Paradise,” is dreamy rock like a queer Smashing Pumpkins or 30 Seconds to Mars release from the future. The video shows a beautiful and fluid paradise of colors and light, taking us on a journey through ephemeral landscapes and cityscapes. It’s perfect listening or viewing for a chill afternoon.
Hains’s brother said that growing up with the internet gave the two of them freedom to explore who they are. “We both had similar early childhood experiences of video games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, which both of us found extraordinary – this idea of being in another world as another person, assuming an avatar and exploring a world anonymously and the liberation of that; being free from a body. It blew both of our minds as 12-year-olds to be able to experience virtual worlds like that.
“Both of us ended up creating work that was about that and escape worlds that are glitching and falling apart. When we hadn’t spoken for a while, and started talking about the work we were doing, it was like, wow, you’re also making work about this kind of thing. He wanted to return to those themes with the videos for ANTIBOY’s music, especially because the songs are so often about that very thing.
“There was this metaphor of these virtual worlds and how reality itself is a dream or a simulation and that the virtual world is an interesting way of exploring reality and that there’s something not quite right about it.”