“I wrote the song a few days after arriving in treatment for addiction,” says Philly singer-songwriter Julia Rainer of her moving single “Blood Run.” “But I think it is emotionally relatable to the experiences of anyone who’s lost their mind for a period.”
The song comes from Rainer’s 2017 album Spirits, and the music matches the mood, with intertwining electric guitars strumming chords and bending notes in a forlorn twang. Beyond that, it’s just Rainier’s vocal in our ears — no backing band, no bombastic production — just a person relating their trauma and trials, their self-doubt and insecurities, and their determination to overcome.
“My thoughts they tried to kill me, heavy with their blows,” Rainer sings. “So now I must defend them, my sanity, my soul.”
Last month, the song got a powerful visual component care of director Alex Blaszczuk, cinematographer Chris McKee and actor Shelby Marne, where a lonely day wandering in the autumn woods helps the central character find release in a blood-soaked catharsis