By Frank Bell
Early in April musician and actress Jihae released her first single in 3 years, Utopia. The enchanting single was created over 16 months with a host of musical talents, Dave Harrington (Darkside), Didi Gutman (Brazillian Girls), and Avi Bortnik having an artistic input. Now in addition to the ethereal track, JIhae has produced an equally impressive music video.
Jihae created the music video with famed director Paola Kudacki who has directed videos for the Foo Fighters and photographed covers for Rolling Stone, Time, Elle and Vogue. Jeffrey Kim (SOLO – A STAR WARS STORY) served as cinematographer, with Mark Elliott producing. The video was filmed in East Hampton at the Walking Dunes, the bay at Gerard Drive and additional locations in the surrounding area.
She says about the accompanying video: “The video represents my internal journey over the past year. The long process of rewrites to make the song uplifting mirrored my determination to find inner peace. It’s not easy to face our reality without anger, frustration, and despair. I made the choice to stop being consumed by these emotions and focus on how I can contribute to healing our planet and helping people in these desperate times. We’re wired to seek euphoria externally, running away from ourselves to find meaning and fill the void when sages, saints, and scholars throughout history have shown us that all the wisdom, peace, and light can be found within through meditation and prayer. I had shot with Paola before and have always admired her ability to capture her subject’s essence in raw moments.”
As well as making her mark on the music industry, working with massive stars such as Leanord Cohen and Dave Stewart, Jihae is also a well-recognized actress. She has appeared in HBO’s succession, Peter Jacksons ‘Mortal Engines’ as well as the Nat Geo series ‘Mars’.
The release of Utopia is sure to gain a buzz and send ripples through the industry, a finely polished single that shows true musical proficiency.