The video confronts the 31-year-old artist’s frustration head-on, and does so in a way that passes the baton of her burden to the viewer. “I wanted the video to make the viewer experience this uncomfortable feeling,” she said in a statement. The visceral feature cuts to different spaces – her office, her home, even a mountain – that seem to cut Myers off from living her own life and rather controls everything she does.
Having her hair tucked behind her ear by a man, Myers petitions in the first verse, “Tell me how to fight this war.” According to the video's director Clara Aronavich, Myers' need to breathe mimics the plea of women everywhere: “In ‘Numb,’ I interpret Meg’s sentiment as one of desperate pleading for space, for room to exist quietly and at her own pace in a culture that insists on so much of her and for her as a female.”
“Numb” in itself proves cathartic, but paired with its video component, the song’s essence appears to be didactic. Aronavich pulls from “Kontakthof,” a dance piece by Pina Bausch in which a woman is continually touched by men in suits: “So I decided to write an homage narrative that expands from Bausch’s conceit but that turns away from a purely gender-based backbone to a broader, societal one."
Check out “Numb” below.