Meg Myers is coming out throwing haymakers as she begins to drop new music for the first time in a couple of years. That’s evident in the music video for her first single “Numb” from her upcoming sophomore album Take Me to the Disco, due out July 20 via 300 Entertainment.
Myers’ full-length debut Sorry dropped via major label Atlantic Records, and the singer’s new work suggests that it wasn’t the dream many who think of signing a major-label deal crack it up to be.
“I hate the feeling of this weight upon my shoulders, pushing the pressure down on me / You think you want the best for me but nothing really matters / If you force it, it won’t come / I guess I’m feeling numb,” Myers screams in the chorus and it’s easy to interpret those words when applying them to her career.
The visuals show Myers in an office setting where her co-workers are invading her space and eventually putting their hands all over here. The video was directed by Clara Aronavich and she interprets the song amazingly well with her narrative choices. Watch the video below:
“The song is about how I was feeling when my record company was looking for something out of me that just didn’t feel right for many reasons,” Myers said via a press release. “I was frustrated and it came through in this song. I discovered that this feeling was something I’ve experienced my whole life and decided to look within and confront it. I wanted the video to make the viewer experience this uncomfortable feeling.”
“In ‘Numb,’ I interpret Meg‘s sentiment as one of desperate pleading for space, for room to exist quietly and at her own pace in a culture that insists on so much of her and for her as a female,” says Aronavich.
“As I listened to the track on repeat I just couldn’t wrest my thoughts from a dance piece by Pina Bausch in which a woman is continually touched and measured by a mass of men in suits. So I decided to write an homage narrative that expands from Bausch’s conceit but that turns away from a purely gender-based backbone to a broader, societal one.”
I’ve been listening to my advance copy of Take Me To The Disco pretty much on repeat the last few weeks, and I can tell you it’s a remarkable piece of work that sees Myers take a step forward as a musician and into more comfortable territory than before.
Meg Myers is playing a brief tour that includes a sold-out date at The Echo on June 25. Hope you got your tickets!