video premiere: melbourne-based alt. r&b singer thando struggles with the beast of addiction in moody visual

May 5, 2016

Today’s first premiere comes from the alternative R&B band Thando and their latest visual ‘Trouble’. Set in the middle of the Australian bushland, the video focuses on dancer, Courtney Hale, who embodies her ‘troubles’ through expressive, moody dance. “The video is about a female character trying to free herself from a controlling addiction, whether that be in the form of a destructive relationship or drug abuse,” director Josh Harris says.

The single itself is an intensely personal inner struggle with addiction and abuse where so often steps forward are met with several steps backward—this is an ode to the struggle. “I wrote this song as an admission of being addicted and wanting help. It’s an ode to taking one step forward and 10 steps back,“ Thando tells AFROPUNK.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

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