As a constant advocate for mental health awareness, Jessie Paege knows what it feels like to be shamed by your own mind. So, she decided to make it clear that the time has come to banish those thoughts for good.
On Friday (Dec. 6), the singer unveiled her latest song “Phantom,” a haunting pop-rock jam where the singer confronts her inner demons. Upon first listen, the song’s lyrics seem to point directly to a relationship that’s ended, as Paege belts about someone who was once there for her that has now vanished into thin air.
But take one look at the song’s accompanying video (below), and you’ll see that it’s about much more. Paege opens the video sitting in front of a vanity mirror, the words “How do I shut off my own brain” scrawled across it in mascara. What was once a song about a breakup quickly becomes an anthem for self-care and anxiety, as Paege sings not to an ex-lover, but to her own personal anxiety.
It helps, though, that her anxiety has a face, as it’s given human form by actress Kay Coburn. Throughout the video, Paege’s purple-haired personification follows her around, plays her in games of chess, and even scrawls words like “anorexic” and “prude” all over her body. But, luckily, Paege eventually realizes her strength, and wishes away her self-destructive thoughts into a puff of black smoke.
Check out the full video for Jessie Paege’s “Phantom” below: