Baltimore punks Pinkshift have released another single from their anticipated debut album Love Me Forever, out October 21 via Hopeless Records (pre-order). "in a breath" is a quiet and vulnerable ballad featuring vocalist Ashrita Kumar on solo piano. They write:

"in a breath" is from my heart. It's a song I've held on to for years. It’s a dive into my core, my greatest hopes, desires, loneliness, traumas, and fears. It's a song about feeling dissociated from my body and fighting to stay alive despite it. It explores the existence of an impossible reality, contemplates the existence of a god, and contemplates our capacity to love and be loved. It's about guilt, shame, redemption, and acceptance.

The single is a marked departure from the punk anthems previously released from Love Me Forever, and comes with a music video directed by hardcore punk filmographer hate5six (aka Sunny Singh). In the video, Ashrita performs "in a breath" live at Retro City Studios in Philadelphia. Sunny comments:

Capturing the authenticity of a live performance is what I've always been drawn to. It's the space I'm most interested in exploring and refining. It's also the reason why I've turned down every offer to do a choreographed and scripted music video. With ‘in a breath,’ I set out to create something that would allow me to render their live performance into something cinematically organic.
Ashrita's talent as a vocalist and pianist radiates outward in this song, so I wanted to produce a visually minimalist piece that kept them at the center and instead drew its dynamics from manipulated camera motion. What emerged is an uncut, orbiting shot around them and the piano, the parallax creating a gravitational force between the viewer and Ashrita’s burning sincerity for 287 seconds.

Watch the video below.

Pinkshift are heading out on a headlining US tour next month, stopping in Brooklyn on November 17 at Elsewhere Zone One with Jigsaw Youth and Yasmin Nur. Tickets are still available. All dates below.

PINKSHIFT TOUR DATES 2022
10/20 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10/21 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd
10/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Roboto Project
10/23 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall's
10/25 - Detroit, MI - El Club
10/26 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
10/27 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10/29 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
10/ 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
11/01 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
11/02 - Portland, OR - Mission Theater
11/04 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11/05 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11/06 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
11/08 - Dallas, TX - Ruins
11/09 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
11/11 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
11/13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11/14 - Nashville, TN - Drkmttr Collective
11/15 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone Club
11/17 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (Zone One)
11/18 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11/19 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

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