Leon Else began recording music at the age of 12, using his creativity as an escape from his rocky upbringing in the U.K. He scrapped and saved to send himself to dance school where he became a talented ballerino, but ultimately decided to pursue music, releasing a series of songs online. In 2018, Else was properly introduced to the scene when the popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why featured his moody, lovestruck single “My Kind of Love.”
Else, now 27, out of the closet and living in LA, is reclaiming his independence as an artist and as an individual, with his poignant and deeply personal music video for his newest single, “Beautiful World” (premiering below). Unlike the music videos of today, Else has forgone stylization and digital wizardry in favor of vlog entries from his phone and laptop.
The string of clips shows Else struggling with (at that time undiagnosed) bipolar disorder. One moment he’s sobbing into the camera; the next laughing hysterically. His moods shift and change rapidly and often at random, leaving him confused, lonely, and with a face often bruised from crying. Yet there are bright days and more balanced times, and when Else can poke his head above water he has words of wisdom to share with viewers.