Experimental artist Arca and London-based lyricist Shygirl have just released new track Unconditional in support of Black Lives Matter and Inquest UK. The emotional song originally emphasized the illusory promises of love, versus the intentions, versus the weaponizing…but has now taken on a more nuanced interpretation. “I wrote the lyrics to this song a while ago, originally thinking of love, family, betrayal, and ultimately strength in adversity”, says Shygirl. “It was only this week that I thought of this song again with everything going on.” You can stream/purchase Unconditional below…100% of funds generated from sales on Bandcamp will go directly to Black Lives Matter and Inquest UK. (above pic courtesy of Shygirl)
“I felt overwhelmed this week…inundated with imagery and news that triggered emotions I was not immediately ready to deal with. I found myself reaching for a lifeline, a brief moment of reprieve to steady me before I inevitably returned to the news, the deep dive of personal reflection, and to the protest.
Protesting reminded me that I wasn’t alone. The possibility that others might feel the way I do, even in the slightest, made me want to speak up and reach out, to provide something. I find both solace and power in music, so it’s in this that I have a resource to share. With the aim to build emotional strength and connections in this time of awakening, reflection, and protest.”
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