Nahko was given his name, meaning “bear”, while he lived on an organic farm in Hawaii. This became the name of his artist persona, which began with his band Nahko and Medicine For The People. Fittingly, his first record as a solo artist is titled My Name Is Bear, and in the spirit of firsts, the debut single charts his first time away from home and the power of first love. Check out “Dragonfly” above.
The song has all the softness and power of an Ed Sheeran track, but notably cuts its own course with the raw and unique mix of emotions. In film rolling backwards, Paris Jackson stuns in the video as a free spirit, riding, running, rejoicing in the act of being alive, and enjoying the earth. As the music swells with the inclusion of a beat (a moment that is sure to send an energetic shiver up your spine), the song soars, but the focus never strays far from Nahko’s smooth vocals.
With careful editing that matches the beat and a huge, celebratory ending that repeats, “This is resistance” and “I’ll survive”, the video and song work in conjunction to make a lasting impression. This is for everyone struggling to make it through a first, celebrating a new beginning, or wandering through life with a sense of wonder.