“Crisis,” a song from ANOHNI’s album Hopelessness, is about the human impact of America’s military action overseas. It’s a specific call for empathy, for feeling how someone else might feel if they lost families to drone attacks or torture. And now ANOHNI has made an appropriately intense video for the song. In the clip, Storm Lever, a performer from New York, lip-syncs ANOHNI’s lyrics while staring directly into the camera and, eventually, crying. She never breaks eye contact with the camera, and the camera never looks away. The effect is a bit like Sinéad O’Connor’s legendary “Nothing Compares 2 U” video, but with bigger things on the line. And like ANOHNI’s similar “Drone Bomb Me” video, it carries a real kick. Watch it below.
Hopelessness is out now on Secretly Canadian.