We agree with you! Music blogs shouldn’t follow the path taken by Facebook timelines in becoming more political rants than they are a means to share personal discoveries and experiences. And we agree with you regarding disappointment when a Soundcloud stream is merely a 30-second preview.
But we want to share “Hands,” the politically charged single from Johnossi. The song is a dialogue between an officer and someone suspected of wrongdoing. The officer is not ready to show mercy (“It is people like you who deserve to be beaten by me, black and blue”). The suspect asserts his innocence (“I'm a family man, swear to God I ain't done nothing wrong, understand”). The content of the message is carried in a vehicle that seems unfitting, but that’s one reason “Hands” is remarkable. That is, while the message has a darkness, the instruments are light and the vocals invite participation. This is apparent even within the 30-second preview.
Johnossi is a duo in Stockholm, Sweden. They recently released
the album “Blood Jungle.” In an email submission from Wilful Publicity, the video was described as:
"‘Hands’ sees the pair, John Engelbert (vocals/guitar) and Oskar “Ossi” Bonde (drums), playing the parts of the victim and perpetrator in their soaring indie-rock anthem addressing police brutality. The twisted video witnesses firing squads, high-kicking secret policemen and balaclava-clad synchronised swimmers performing among Johnossi’s chiming guitars and singalong chorus."