Bibi Bourelly's rise has come during an extremely tumultuous year, and the singer-songwriter's work is constantly addressing the state of the world. Bourelly's new video for "Riot" is a black-and-white visual that features clips of protests against police brutality, refugee rescue boats, a Malala speech, and Pride parades. Fist up till I stop breathing, Bourelly declares.
The song and video were made before the horrific events on June 12 in Orlando, but the messages are all the more relevant now. In a message, shared alongside the video, Bourelly writes:
Sometimes when I'm on a plane, flying from country to country, city to city, chasing this peculiar dream of mine... I look down at the world beneath me and realize what we really are in the grand scheme of things.
If you pay close attention, when the plane is just taking off you can faintly see people in action, living their own lives.
It's ironic and charming in a weird way because they're not even aware that someone else is admiring them with fascination from a different angle of the world, as they walk this distinctive earth of ours.
Thousands of tiny, moving heads eventually blend in with the landscape as the aircraft rises higher. The large swaying trees that appear to be so mighty from the ground, shrink into what appears to be green fragments of leaves...and by the time we reach the clouds, everything that we thought to be its own individual thing, every detail of anything that we ever considered to exist on its own, melts into the the scenery and we become one.
We are all one from the clouds
We are not our genders
We are not our religions
We are not our races
We are not our opinions
We are not our doubts , insecurities or fears...
We are not one voice, we are a roaring crowd.
We are the land and sky; We are an ambiguous mixture of every color that exists under the sun.
We are all in this together and we are responsible for each other.
Everything you do or say matters to us, whether you realize it or not.
Love infinitely. At all costs no matter what.
praying 4 Orlando
(and the rest of the entire world.)
Fighting 4 our future.
New society 4 the unity of all.
Yours truly ,