At twenty years old, Delyn Grey knows what she’s about. Fearless in her art and practiced in her craft — this is an artist who packs a punch.
The Toronto songwriter has been through the hardships she explores in her music. Depression affects more than 300 million people around the world, yet is not explored with openness and honesty nearly enough. With “Battle”, Grey challenges this and offers her own slice of the experience.
“Battle” is powered by Grey’s smooth-yet-raw vocals which slide over the heavy, uniform fall of piano notes. The effect is steadiness: a not-so-gentle juxtaposition against lyrics like, “On the verge of losing control.”
This control is held and then lost in the video for the track as well. Grey delivers her poignant lyrics into the camera, but rarely makes eye contact and is framed off-centre. As the song grows and percussion takes hold, the clip takes stark editing shifts: quick cuts that leave you feeling off-kilter and hooked. By the end, we see Grey in the midst of a breakdown in this empty, grey-toned space.
“Battle” is about survival but doesn’t shy away from the difficulty. This isn’t saccharine white-washing of an illness: this is the truth delivered from the source.