Mary Lambert has premiered an official music video for Ribcage – a song she wrote following a post-Grammy Awards 2014 broadcast, where an interviewer felt it appropriate to ask questions about her experience of child abuse and rape live on air.
“I tried to respond as best I could, knowing that it was live television, but everything afterward was a blur,” explained Lambert, who rose to fame when her track She Keeps Me Warm was sampled on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Same Love.
“As soon as the cameras were off, I went into a full-blown panic attack. I didn’t know it then, but this same situation would happen multiple times in the year.”
Taken from her debut studio album, the 2014 collection Heart on My Sleeve, the Angel Haze and K. Flay-assisted Ribcage sees the Seattle-raised songstress continuing to express vulnerability through her music. Lambert referred to her 2014 single Secrets as her “dirty laundry” and she recognises it still as “an optimistic version of vulnerability”however “self-empowerment doesn’t always come wrapped in a bow” she adds.
“I still believe in the power of vulnerability—that openness is the key to empathy, and that empathy is the key to human connection.”