Andra Day’s powerful single “Rise Up” is just so affecting it warranted a second video, this one directed by Hollywood master of creepzone M. Night Shyamalan.
Don’t worry, though—there aren’t any Sixth Sense-style plot reveals to warp her message of staying strong and true in the face of adversity. Shyamalan just lent his muted tones and lush visual style to a sweet depiction of love between a woman and a man with some type of paralysis and using a wheelchair. “I want to take you on a date today,” he tells her via a digital device, a morning text message to frame their day. Andra belts it: We gone walk it out, and mooooove mountains... I’ll rise up and I’ll do it a thousand times again.
The video depicts an intimacy in the act of caretaking, in which the woman bathes her paramour and presses their faces close together, their devotion evident while Day sangs it to the very end, looking hella like she’s gonna cry. The message is indeed that love conquers all, and while it’s maybe a little sappy, shit man, just go with it.