Pop artist Austen has dropped the official music video for her latest single, ‘Worse Things’, today (September 10), teaming up with fellow local creatives for the colourful clip.
Created in collaboration with Rose Pure, with makeup done by drag artist Blaze Edwards, the group took advantage of a brief lift in coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne to create the video – even pulling off a trip to the aquarium.
In a press statement, Austen said, “A lot of the clip was filmed in Kat (Rose Pure)’s bedroom, using projections to bring the outside world to us. When the restrictions were briefly lifted we went straight to the aquarium and filmed while socially distancing.
“I love those scenes the most because they’re so serene and otherworldly. If I was to visualise a ‘happy place’ to go when panic starts to set in, it would look a lot like that.
“The clip is us trying to escape to another world from the confines of the lockdown.”
Watch the official music video for ‘Worse Things’ below:
Austen co-wrote the track, originally released on August 13, with Luke McDonald (The John Steel Singers, Holiday Party), bringing aboard Jono Ma (Jagwar Ma) for production and mixing duties.
Described in a press statement at the time of release as “an unapologetic and unafraid ode to anxiety”, the track sees Austen take a more DIY-approach to her sound, with “a newly reinvigorated sense of artistic integrity”.
“It’s kind of turned into my mantra lately, so it feels especially fitting and cathartic to release this now,” Austen said of the single.
“To me the song feels like looking at my anxiety through this nostalgic, rose-tinged lens and being able to detach from it for a few minutes.”
Released in June, the track was born in isolation after the pair were confined to their sharehouse due to coronavirus-imposed restrictions.
On social media, Wolfjay had said that proceeds made from each artist’s songs over June and July would be donated to LGBTQ+ charity, Black Rainbow.