Too Attached’s Grateful is a pulsing anthem of radical confidence

The video, which we're premiering here, features Lido Pimienta, Casey and Jenny Mecija, Bonjay's Alanna Stuart, TiKa, Ansley Simpson and Kamilah Apong


The day before Valentine’s Day, artist and singer Vivek Shraya told us what self-love means to her: “the crucial daily practice of undoing the trauma that taught me the opposite: self-hate.”

Today, Too Attached, Shraya’s duo project with her sibling Shamik Bilgi, build on that with Grateful, a pulsing anthem of radical self-love, confidence and, as they put it, “racialized rage.”

The music video, which we’re premiering here, features Polaris Prize-winner Lido Pimienta, Casey and Jenny Mecija (formerly of Ohbijou), Bonjay’s Alanna Stuart, TiKA, Ansley Simpson and Kamilah Apong, forming a powerful chorus of Canadian women. 

The opening line of the song is “When they show you kindness don’t be grateful.” Shraya says “This refers to the ways that people of colour are alwyas expected to be thankful or humble, to make ourselves small, and to be content with any small gesture of inclusion.”

“There’s nothing more dangerous than your confidence,” goes the chorus. And watching this who’s who of strong IBPOC women belt it out, you can feel it. 

Too Attached play an Angry launch party on Saturday, February 24 at Buddies In Bad Times as part of Rhubarb Festival. Wed-Sun evening pass $20, PWYC rush.  buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.

richardt@nowtoronto.com | @trapunski

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