Although Brahny grew up taking classical piano lessons, he soon realized that learning other instruments and even music production would expand his horizons to reflect his eclectic taste in the R&B, jazz, alt rock, and folk genres. Based in Toronto, Brahny is very much connected to his Chinese heritage as his cultural background inspires his creativity when it comes to branding and aesthetics. Because of his vast range of influences, Brahny prides himself on making music that distinguishes himself from the artists who stick to what’s popular and a clear path to success.
“Paradise” is the first generous taste Brahny is treating us to from his forthcoming debut EP, Moon. The lush synths of “Paradise” paired with Brahny’s darling falsetto are absolutely heavenly, and you can’t help but wonder exactly which instruments are used in this wavy track. Touching on the unrealistic idea of a perfect relationship, Brahny’s lyricism suggests that this hazy expectation is nothing more than an illusion.
On “Paradise,” Brahny explained,
“We’re constantly being bombarded with the ‘ideal relationship’ - an idyllic concept that hardly seems to reflect reality. The melodramatic stories from Beijing Opera seem to understand that. Where there’s life there’s death, and where there’s love there will always be complication. ‘Paradise’ is an attempt to show (in an overly dramatic way) that regardless of how perfect an initial love or infatuation is, there will likely be stuff you’ve gotta deal with and work on.”
What’s just as noteworthy as the synthy track is the accompanying music video that was directed by Brahny himself. Consisting of three acts, Brahny is seen throughout the cinematographic visual riding in the passenger seat as the camera follows him on a day long ride on a neverending dirt road. By the end of the “Paradise” video, Brahny and company have their faces painted with black and white patterns inspired by Beijing Opera, which is an homage to Brahny’s Chinese heritage.
Brahny exclusively shared with us,
“I love how overstated and explicit the visual styling of Beijing Opera is. The masks are a representation of the intense moods that the characters feel. The feelings are literally painted on their faces for the world to see. When I was younger, I thought this was super corny and creepy, but now I appreciate how forthright this is; you don’t really see this openness in real life.”
Ones To Watch has your first look at “Paradise” below: