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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Premiere: Detroit-based singer Silence is the Noise explores grief and intimacy with 'Soothing'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:43 AM

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Detroit-based artist Silence is the Noise, aka Jewel Bell is vulnerable. And she's totally OK with it.

Bell's visuals for 2018's, "Nappy," established her jarringly soulful voice, dramatic aesthetic, and her message of empowerment. Her latest, “Soothing”, follows suit as it tells a story of a grief-stricken woman searching for comfort through unstable intimacy.



The visual features Bell in various states of unraveling as she grapples with the loss of a loved one, searching for the cure to grief in churches and bedrooms. Bell opens the song with a gutting description of emptiness — “Darkness has her hands around me / I don’t recognize myself in the mirror." Through Bell's warm and sultry vocal prism, she makes a painful admission during the song's refrain that her "demons need soothing.”

Bell says that the lyrics and film speak to using “meaningless and physical intimacy as a distraction while falling deeper into despair" only to realize that there's no escaping the process of processing pain.

Watch "Soothing" below.

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