Sia has released the official music video for her new single, “Alive”, and as you might expect, Sia herself is nowhere to be found.
Like her video for “Elastic Heart”, Sia has opted to have a young girl act as her surrogate. Rather than dancer Maddie Ziegler, she’s chosen a young martial arts badass who brings some appropriately fierce intensity to bear in a video for a song about overcoming adversity.
Another visual shift here is the presence of a two-toned blonde and black-haired wig as the central icon for the song and presumably her new LP as well, This Is Acting. Like all the other songs on that forthcoming record, “Alive” was originally intended for another artist. Sia co-wrote “Alive” with Adele, which was intended for Adele’s new album 25. Said Sia, “It’s about [Adele’s] life, so I now sing a song from [Adele’s] perspective.” After the song didn’t make the cut for the British songbird’s latest effort, Sia recorded it herself.
Get ready to feel alive: