Late last year, singer, songwriter, poet Mary Lambert released her five-year labor of love Grief Creature. She marked the release of her deeply personal album with a few intimate performances, including one at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in November.
Creating Grief Creature was cathartic for Lambert, who rose to fame when her ode to women-loving-women “She Keeps Me Warm,” became the hook of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s 2012 mega-hit “Same Love."
Lambert has long been open about trauma, depression, and coping with being bipolar in her spoken word anthems and her songs. On the haunting and confessional Grief Creature, she digs into pain in order to come out on the other side.
With “Sister,” off of the new album, Lambert honors the bond particularly with her older sister that came from shared trauma and the joy they sought to find to cope.
Featured in the video debuting on The Advocate are musicians Michelle Faehrmann and Rachel Cardiello of Four on the Floor and dancer Irena Ponizova.
"My sisters and I are all pretty close, but my oldest sister and I were raised in the same environment and have shared childhood trauma that is at once difficult to speak about and also requires no language; it's almost psychic pain,” Lambert told the Advocate in a statement.
“This video is particularly stunning because of the dancer. I feel like Irena's movement just echoed my story in a way that only dance can. My oldest sister and I grew up very poor, but we were always making each other laugh, and the song kind of mentions that duality, which I think is applicable to anyone in a shit position,” she said. “You have to find reasons to smile or laugh about whatever awful things are in the world or else you're going to go crazy from the big Sad.”
Watch “Sister” below.