UK artist Anna Straker beckons us into her own intimate journey of self-healing in new single and video “London Knows.” Directed by Rob Bell, the video features Anna walking through the empty road with smudged eyeliners and dark outfit that outline her vulnerability. Over the minimalistic soundscape, Anna opens up about her own experiences with sexual assault and healing. It’s her most personal song yet and serves as a therapeutic outlet for the gal and others:
“Last year, I was a victim of a sexual assault whilst on holiday in Bangkok. What started as a fun night out ended up with me being lost for hours, drugged with something so strong that I forgot my own name. It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me and I was traumatised.
Coming back home I felt so different, London felt unfamiliar, and doing the things I normally did every weekend was suddenly triggering for me. I wrote this song about healing, and the uncertainty of recovery. Knowing I was going to feel better one day but not knowing when, and hoping that London will eventually feel like home again.
During this pandemic, we have all felt these same feelings of uncertainty, hoping for the world to heal and return to normal again. I hope you listen to this song and remember that whatever the world throws at you, you can be whole again, you can recover, and you can heal.”
“London Knows” is out now via Never Fade Records.
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