Exclusive Premiere: Shira Finds Herself and Some Self Love in “Handlebars”

Israeli-turned-Brooklynite singer Shira’s new music video for “Handlebars” incorporates all the mischievous, imaginative weaponry, identity twists, and paradoxical fashions one associates with psychological thrillers. But the video is light and harmless, feeling more like a nonsensical dream set on the streets of New York than anything horrific. While it’s second nature for us to try to categorize new singers upon our discovery, Shira purposefully makes things difficult by playing different characters, as well as creating great, obtrusive music that is quite hard to describe or relate to anything else. You can watch the brand new video here:

What was your inspiration for the track? What is it about?

All songs are conversations with myself, both who I am and who I’d like to become. In writing “Handlebars” I was inviting myself to get lost and not care if I was found. Getting lost can be its own way of being found. To get lost in love, a dance floor, a kiss, a midnight bicycle ride. I was playfully calling myself away from the inertia of sorrow and out the door toward capital L Love.

What is the concept behind the video?

The video represents the moment I leave my smallness and go out the door to chase that Love. I am Cupid reimagined, causing mishaps and blooming peripheral romances as I try to land that perfect arrow on the apple of my eye: the girl in the denim jacket.

Why did you decide to be, in a way, chasing a version of yourself through the streets?

Although “Handlebars” might appear whimsical, a cute cat-and-mouse game on city streets, my hope is that others will recognize that through all our human games and adventures and foolishness, what we ultimately and most deeply seek is intimacy with ourselves. We are on the hunt for our own Self-Love. We are the seeker, but also the sought. In a way that I feel in my blood, Love daily calls me to rise to the occasion of Being Here. It beckons me outdoors into the world to be a part of it. I’m singing, “You got what I need!” in ecstatic self-recognition, as a reminder to myself, and others.

You can catch Shira on October 11th at the Midway in Jamaica Plain, MA, and Nov 23rd at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York, NY 

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