PC Music internet pop princess Hannah Diamond is known for her sweet as candy tunes and her polished to perfection aesthetic. There’s a reason her initials are HD. As an image-maker herself, Diamond’s shiny, airbrushed, sugary brand is synonymous with her music, so it’s no surprise that her new video was made in part with BABY-G watches. Directed by Bradley&Pablo and i-D, the video features Hannah Diamond as sparkly as ever, singing about the internet & attraction. As she told Stereogum…
The song is the story of an online relationship, not with one specific person, but with all the people you interact with, and how it can often feel really isolating in online spaces despite being constantly surrounded by others. It’s about interacting with people who often only show small segments of their life, and the dilemmas around authenticity that this presents. It’s been insightful seeing first-hand the conclusions people draw on what is considered ‘real’ with reference to people, and particularly girls, who live a lot of their lives in online spaces. As someone who has regularly had their own authenticity challenged since I started releasing music, this aspect feels very personal to me.
The intense, hyper real aesthetic that underpins my visual work is something that has developed in a really organic way. It all started when I was a kid. I used to draw all day long, sometimes for as long as 12 hours a day. Two of these drawings are actually in the video. As I got older I used to practice drawing things that looked as close to real life as possible. This is how I became interested in fashion imagery. I would rip the campaigns out of magazines and redraw them so perfectly that they were almost impossible to separate from the originals. After working out that I could push the level of fantasy to the next level by taking photographs, making images got 1000% more exciting.
To me this video marks the next part of this fantasy, and I’m grateful to i-D, Baby G, and the Directors Bradley and Pablo who have been able to help me articulate not just the message of the song, but also my journey in music so far.
Check out the video above and check out the single cover art below. Keep your ear to the ground for news about Diamond’s debut album, which is in the works.