afropunk premiere: watch austin musician mobley in his new music video ‘swoon’

January 11, 2016

‘Swoon’ is a particularly listenable and super-infectious single from Austin, TX alternative artist Mobley. Contrary to its pleasant sound, ‘Swoon’ isn’t so much a love song as it is an introspective look inside the black American experience, black resilience and hopefulness. ‘Swoon’ is a defiant proclamation that regardless of oppressive circumstances, “You’re never gonna get my heart.”

“The goal in making “Swoon” was to capture the feelings of anxiety, isolation, and suffocation that are, for too many, a part of the experience of being a black person in this country. Like a lot of people, I was stunned by the murder of Eric Garner, but what terrified and spurred me to action was the overwhelming, collective sigh of indifference with which it was greeted by a large portion of the country. In the making of the music and the video, Garner’s dying words, “I can’t breathe”, were never far from my mind. This video and song are the first in a series that, inspired by that event and the almost innumerable others since, explore American blackness and anti-blackness using the love song as a conceit,” Mobley tells AFROPUNK

By Erin White, AFROPUNK contributor

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