Pride

BIIANCO's Gorgeous, Vibey 'Chlorine' Explores a 'Confusing Passion Mess': Video Premiere

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Chase Leonard

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For all its wonders, young love is one of the most notoriously difficult things to navigate – and that's doubly true for same-sex attraction as a teenager. So when L.A. singer-songwriter-producer BIIANCO started watching HBO's Euphoria, the relationship between Rue (Zendaya) and Jules (Hunter Schafer) struck a chord with her.

"I think a lot of queer high school romances are marked by equal amounts of passion and ambiguity," BIIANCO says. "In Euphoria, Rue spent most of that romance with Jules wondering what the hell Jules was feeling and what she was to her. Young love is such a knock-you-on-your-ass experience and can be a catalyst for so much growth. However, when you’re queer, you have to factor in how it can be harder to find someone to connect with and how to even tell if someone feels the same way considering how many of us are closeted in high school -- and all that just leads to one big confusing passion mess."

But pain in high school can often fuel art later in life, and with "Chlorine" – a self-produced afterhours jam where buoyant finger snaps and layered vocals rub up against lush synths -- BIIANCO draws on anxiety from her past to create something gorgeous in the present.

"One of my high school romances was exactly that. My heart was all in, there were kisses in the rain and barefoot summer nights and so much feeling — but it felt like I was solving an endless calculus equation just to figure that relationship out and, in the end, I never did," she recalls. "It’s painful to realize how much the fear of coming out of the closet prevented two people from ending up together but at the same time, it’s really cathartic to look back and be like, 'oh hey, that was a wild and passionate experience.' At least I can never say I didn’t live."

BIIANCO brought that same abandon to the video shoot in London – although perhaps not intentionally. While the video cleverly features effects that distort the real-world imagery much like the harmonizing effects warp her vocals, there were a few very real scares during the shot -- she was almost hit by a bus twice during filming (there's a few moments in the video where you see her come pretty close to one of the double-deckers). "I’m still getting used to that whole thing where Brits drive on the other side of the road," she explains good-naturedly. "I guess that’s pretty dangerous for someone as accident-prone as myself. I think the director Todd MacDonald and producer Jack Chown were more terrified when it was happening (and I was somewhat oblivious) but luckily, they didn’t stop the shot. Anything for the shot, right?"

Check out the fruits of BIIANCO's London trip, premiering above.