We at Lyrical Lemonade have been covering Houston artist HVN ever since the release of his first project, Welcome to HVN. At the time, he was mainly known around Houston for throwing parties with his brand DONTDIE. But over the past two years or so, HVN has grown into a creative force far beyond his city, landing on Don Toliver’s album a few months back with “Smoke,” modeling for Heron Preston x Calvin Klein, and just over a week ago, releasing his most impressive body of work to date in All Girls Go To Heaven.
8 tracks in length, All Girls Go To Heaven doubles down on the sound that HVN’s Houston-based team has created, sharpening the ideas on Welcome to HVN, getting more personal, and and offering deeply compelling bouts of songwriting, hard-nosed deliveries, and unmistakable personality. In every way, it’s a lifestyle project, and one that achieves its goal of bringing listeners further into the world of HVN in a massively exciting way. Today, HVN is here with his second visual off of the project, blessing our pages with a music video for one of my personal favorite tracks, “HISNEYLAND.”
Built around a charged instrumental courtesy of Broadday — whose contributions to this project solidify him as one of the most talented and forward-looking producers out right now, in my eyes — “HISNEYLAND” is best recognizable for its ability to paint a vivid picture with each successive line. The imagery on the song is perhaps its best feature, which lends well to the Julian Wayne-assisted visuals, taking viewers from a parked Lamborghini through the garage and around the house, painting a vivid picture of each lyric along the way. Impressively, the entire video is one long shot, and between lighting, casting, cinematography, and storytelling, HVN and his team nailed it in every way, continuing to build on the artful, lifestyle-oriented appeal of All Girls Go To Heaven. In a recent Pigeons & Planes blog post, HVN was quoted on the purpose of the project, saying:
“I sat on this project for about a year. I made with intentions of telling the world about Houston, my life, my different relationships, my pain, the sorrows, the family, all that. But the main intention was changing my life. It’s been out for about a week now, let’s see what it does a year from now.”
Personally, I can’t name many other projects this year that feel as energetic, singular, and cohesive as All Girls Go To Heaven, which is powered by a feeling of Houston-bred rawness and excitement that inherently separates itself from everything else out there. This project seems to exist in a lane of its own, and the world that it creates only plants its roots deeper with visuals like “HISNEYLAND.”
This one speaks for itself, so be sure to check out HVN’s latest visual offering below. In addition, stream All Girls Go To Heavenhere if you haven’t already!
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