London artist Shygirl has teamed up with Arca for a new single called “unconditional.” The song is available solely on Bandcamp, either as a free download or in exchange for a donation. Proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter and Inquest UK. Listen to “unconditional” below.
Of the new song, Shygirl said in a press release:
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.
I wrote the lyrics to this song a while ago, originally thinking of love, family, betrayal and ultimately strength in adversity. It was only this week that I thought of this song again with everything going on. The emotion of the song still rang true but this time in a wider way, a bigger family, a deeper betrayal, a greater need for love.
It felt right to share this now and I hope it means something to you.
Read about Shygirl’s 2019 song “Uckers” on Levels.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork