Ariana Grande is finally "breathin" after a turbulent year and a half for pop/R&B artist. Last summer, Grande was rushed off stage after an explosion took 23 lives in Manchester Arena in Manchester, the United Kingdom in May 2017. A little over a year later, her ex-boyfriend of close to two years in acclaimed hip-hop artist, Mac Miller, passed away due to 'mixed drug toxicity' of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. Having to suffer from such a large amount of trauma in such a short time capacity, has to have taken a toll on the artist psychologically. Surprisingly, Grande has upheld her merit and released one of the most successful albums of the year in, Sweetener, and just released visuals for her latest single, "breathin."
"Breathin" is the third single off her Billboard-topping, fourth studio album, Sweetener, and coincidentally might be the music therapy she needs in order to heal from all the traumatic events she's endured in recent history. The song produced by Ilya Salmanzadeh takes on the sonic elements of today's airy pop-music sound complete with a softened synth melody, a muted drum pattern, an electric guitar bridge, and mid-range tempo just fast enough to keep listeners captivated. There is a large amount of reverb on the vocals to give the song an atmospheric vibe and the added delay on the breath intake at the end of the bridge is a nice added touch to give context to the content itself.
Lyrically, "breathin" is an ode to dealing with anxiety and tensions of today's world by using breathing techniques (good advice). Visually, the video utilizes a theme of fast-motion effects allowing Ariana to be the focal point as she moves in real-time in crowded atmospheres such as the bar or train station. Smoke effects provide the video with just enough darkness to display emotion but not enough to overpower the sensuality of Grande. The CGI effects of Grande with her heads in the clouds and swinging off of a cloud in the final frames is an ode to her "God is a Woman" theme of her current album.
For those of you interested in catching Ariana Grande in a live setting, Grande will be performing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA during her Sweetener World Tour on May 6, 2019. Tickets information and purchase options are available, here on AXS. Until then, check out Ariana Grande's latest music video for the single "breathin" below.