American singer/songwriter, H.E.R., recently debuted a humbling new song titled “I Can’t Breath” in an iHeartRadio Living Room Concert. Today, appropriately on Juneteenth, the Grammy award winning R&B artist has officially released the pensive, slow burning tune on all streaming platforms.
Armed with her acoustic guitar and backed by a sedated soulful orchestra, H.E.R. weaves together passionate lines of unwavering truth and candid social questions. As her vocal prowess conveys the longing for answers and resolution through the first two verses, H.E.R. changes pace to a spoken word format to close the track out. This final verse demands listeners’ attention, its solemn yet empowered tone delivering uncomfortable but infallible truths that we cannot shy away from if we ever hope to see real change and progress.
As we continue to push for that progress and change, songs like “I Can’t Breath,” Anderson .Paak’s “Lockdown,” and the wealth of other socially driven music deserve our undivided attention, as their messages are unquestionably relevant and offer perspectives many of us have never had to live out in our day to day lives.
Stream H.E.R.’s somber new track “I Can’t Breathe” below. Enjoy!