For Indigo De Souza, love is an action. “Hold U,” the second single off her upcoming album Any Shape You Take, is a celebration of corporeal love in the form of communal kinship. It’s also a display of De Souza’s narrative skill: She strips away what surrounds emotions, presenting them in their rawest state.
This openness is replicated in the music video. It begins with De Souza looking straight at the camera, crooning, “You are a good thing, I’ve noticed.” As friends settle into the room, they’re guided by an electric guitar and bass that intertwine beneath the melody. De Souza’s intimate hangout evolves as she demands to be held, granting approval for everyone to rejoice. As she shouts, “I’m not the only body/I’m not the only one,” we move to the dancefloor, where queer bodies revel in embrace as vocal harmonies take flight. It’s a simple yet powerful message: communities can fuel love. “Hold U” masterfully illustrates that our survival rests upon the ability to love beyond the confines of romance.