Angel Haze makes a major leap forward with the video for her Sia-assisted “Battle Cry,” arguably the strongest track on her debut album, Dirty Gold. The Greg Kurstin-produced highlight has a mighty message to begin with — overcoming a painful past to achieve a more perfect version of human imperfection — but Frank Borin’s beautifully shot visual gives the music extra poignancy. We first find Haze alone on a desert highway, but soon she leads us through a series of minimal sets illustrating her own experience with various forms of abuse as a child. We see her progression from a wrist-cutting teen to the artist she’s become, with vivid imagery to accompany the lyrics: “I been there, I’m still here, and I know how you feel.” Beneath the clip is a link to Child Help International.
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