Shygirl has a great guest spot on Arca’s upcoming album KiCk i, and she’s also collaborated with the producer on another new track that’s out today. The two of them are releasing “unconditional” on Bandcamp today as part of the music service’s latest revenue waiving day and all proceeds from the song will be split between Black Lives Matter and Inquest UK. The song’s a minimal bit of stretched-out vocals and hypnotic hums. Here’s Shygirl’s statement on the track:
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 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.
Listen to it below.