Lande Hekt Releases ‘Whiskey’ music video
New Record Chronicles Her Experience Coming Out As Gay
Set For Release January 22nd 2021 via Queer-run Independent Label
Get Better Records
Lande Hekt recently released the first single from her forthcoming debut solo album ‘Going to Hell’, which is set for release via Queer-run independent label Get Better Records on 22 January 2021.
‘Whiskey’ is about Hekt’s experience learning how to come to terms with being gay, realizing that pretending you’re not gay can’t go on forever. And the music video that now accompanies the track is an intimate yet cinematic portrayal of Lande’s current relationship with her girlfriend, filmed by her longtime friend and visual collaborator Martyna Wisniewska.
Says Lande of the heart-warming clip: “We shot this video with Martin (Gingerdope) over two days at the end of the summer. The idea was to encapsulate the love between me and my girlfriend Lucy and, aligning with the sentiment of the song, I wanted to show how much happier I am now that I’ve come out as gay. Martin had the idea to film us frolicking in a meadow and we ended up having such a wholesome time walking through fields and woods, picking blackberries and having picnics.”
Coming out is the prevailing topic of the record with the title track itself being “about how homophobia and heteronormative culture can make you feel isolated and scared of being yourself,” as Hekt herself explains her thoughts and feelings surrounding her sexuality, continuing: “I internalised a lot of that culture for a long time and it wasn’t until I found myself surrounded by queer and trans people and friends, that I realised I could live happily in a way that felt right. I know I’m not alone in feeling like this and it was other people sharing their experiences with me that helped me out, so I named the album after this song to try and reach people who might want to be reached. It’s also not a dig on all Catholics; it’s just an expression of scepticism from a gay person regarding conservatism.”
You can feel the reflective inclinations wrapped in each guitar note being hit from the get-go of this harrowing arrangement before the commanding vocals of Hekt take centre stage. Hekts lyrical delivery powerfully delivered, the harmony builds up as the power of the track progresses. A bold artist with the ability to mesmerize. “Whiskey” is a truly intimate composition, honest and breath-taking. Lande needs to continue to be open within each orchetration, the powerful trait amplifies how essential this artist is.