LA’s garage-pop crooner, Veronica Bianqui, allows for the self-inflicted cuffs to be removed on her latest track and video for “Victim.” Swirled with signature Bianqui influences, such as neo-psych with bites of garage rock, Bianqui’s will to want change and be “free” is drenched throughout the track. Clean yet sharp lyrics, “I’ve had enough of playing victim / It’s kind of tough, but I’m ready for big changes” carries the track into a sense of enlightenment, praising the newfound strength. Yet, for some who needs to be liberated from something bigger, such as addiction, “Victim” pays homage to those who lost their lives and acts as a continuous reminder for those in limbo that there is help out there if you take the first step.
Bianqui explained in a press release: “I wrote this song when I started discovering how being emotionally co-dependent has negatively affected my life by creating a pattern of self-victimization. Now, to me, it represents the hope for addicts to escape from their cycle of addiction. I hope it serves as inspiration for addicts and their loved ones around the world that you can put your foot down and change—that you don’t have to be a victim, like my sister—and so many millions of others—unfortunately have been.”
The video’s hazy and stripped down appeal highlight’s Bianqui’s need to break these cycles as she finds joy through the help of her friends, such as Zeh Monstro of Name the Band and Lauren Ruth Ward, who casually make their way through the video adding the additional amount of support. Despite the video’s simplistic approach, the message is well received through the video’s dull entrapment to the bright chimes of liberation towards the end.
In memory of Bianqui’s late sister, Marlene Bianqui, all proceeds from sales of “Victim” will be donated to Harm Reduction Coalition.