Newcastle's Elaska Young has just released his powerful new single, I'm Not Broken, and it's a discussion of how the world views mental health. We're excited to be premiering the music video for the song right now, as the video elevates the track's message.
I'm Not Broken's production is slightly mysterious, and Elaska's soft, almost whispered vocals at the start of the song create an air of intrigue. As the song builds, both his voice and his production get more impassioned and vibrant, like he's shedding the pretence of being something he's not.
The video for I'm Not Broken features dancers from DirtyFeet, a Sydney-based non-for-profit dance company. They support dancers and choreographers living with/without disabilities, and you can find more about their work here.
The dancers capture the message of the song, while also capturing your eye. They're casting off the limitations that people place on them through dance, freeing themselves of the stigma that can follow people around. We wish we could move half as well as the dancers, and the choreography is on point.
Speaking about the track, Elaska says it came together quickly, after an idea sparked while working at his day job. “I wrote I'm Not Broken almost entirely in my head, while working a day job last year and recorded it that night in an empty cupboard at my mum's house.
"It's about my struggles with sobriety and my recent bipolar diagnosis. The message is that we are all more than our conditions or our actions and the things that limit us - don't have to define us.”
Check out I'm Not Broken above. It's a poignant track about how your mental health doesn't have to define you, and it's very relatable, especially after the events of 2020.