I have to admit, I first discovered H.E.R. (aka Gabriella Wilson) from Rihanna‘s Instagram page (which let’s be honest is probably where most of her fans discovered her) when she posted a slow-motion hypnotic video of herself with her hair blowing in the wind, the caption “jet lag“ and this song accompanying the visuals.
A quick Google search revealed who the singer/songwriter was behind the song in question and well, here we are. That video from Rihanna was posted in April last year and only now, H.E.R. has released the official video for it – and I couldn’t be more excited!
‘Focus’ is easily my favourite song from her mixtape, “H.E.R. Volume 1″, and quite possibly one of my favourite songs from 2017. It was definitely on constant rotation for me.
But I feel alone even when we’re alone
The track is a straightforward narrative delivered by way of the soulful and ethereal vocals of singer Gabi Wilson. While Wilson’s involvement in H.E.R. is pretty much out of the bag now, her obscurity maintains as we never get full-on shots of her face in the clip, with strategic use of objects and lighting acting as primary elements in the video’s composition as our mystery woman pleads with her man to give her some attention. Watch it above.
P.S We’re also pretty stoked that she’s been announced as one of the performers for this year’s VIVID LIVE line-up for the Vivid Sydney Festival. YAASS!