Leon Bridges just shared the stunning music video for his 2015 debut's final track, "River", which happens to be one of the best songs you're likely to hear this decade (no joke). Featuring footage from a real candlelight vigil and a baptism, the piece was filmed in Baltimore and meditates heavily on the tragic events that took place in the city last year. Read what he said to NPR about the song's inspiration and the video's purpose, and watch the video below it:
"A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption. My goal was to write a song about my personal spiritual experience. It was written during a time of real depression in my life, and I recall sitting in my garage trying to write a song which reflected this struggle. I felt stuck working multiple jobs to support myself and my mother. I had little hope and couldn't see a road out of my reality. The only thing I could cling to in the midst of all that was my faith in God and my only path towards baptism was by way of the river."When thinking about how to best visually represent this universal battle, I reflected on the depiction of black communities in our media and particular experiences within my own life. This video showcases the unique struggle many black men and women face across this country. However, unlike the captured images which tend to represent only part of the story, I wanted to showcase that through all the injustice, there's real hope in the world."I want this video to be a message of light. I believe it has the power to change and heal those that are hurting."