“breathin,” however, is one of the album’s best moments. And thankfully, it’s serving as the current Sweetener single.
Just days after kicking off her “thank u, next” campaign – which I am very much here for, Ariana drops off the official music video for “breathin” after first trolling us with a visual that featured only her adopted pet pig, Piggy Smalls.
The Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip finds Ariana at a train station while the world passes her by at a dizzying pace. A very fitting concept considering the girl has been through hell and back over the last year.
There’s a lot to appreciate about this video: The return to her natrual hairstyle. The sophisticated blazer moment. The dramatic camera glances. The head in the clouds imagery (an artsy reference!). The hidden thank u, next tracklist?!? And most of all, Ariana looking like she’s back up on her feet again. There’s just the right combination of cheesy camp, diva and pop gloss to the whole thing. I’m very much here for it, actually.