Russian punk provocateurs Pussy Riot have reemerged with a powerful new anthem, "I Can't Breathe," that features its best-known group members, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, teaming up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, and Richard Hell. With a haunting, minimalist arrangement and powerful lyricism, the song is as much a renewed call to action as it is a eulogy for Eric Garner, the 43 year-old choked to death by police late last year. In the song's video, the two women, wearing Russian police uniforms, are buried alive to memorialize those who have fallen victim to police brutality this past year. "We've known, on our own skin, what police brutality feels like and we can't be silent on this issue," the group explained to Buzzfeed.
Although the song maintains a level of anger and depression throughout, concluding with Richard Hell's poignant recitation of Garner's last words, it also at times expresses a cautious hope for change. "Some fairness might be found/From ashes of his death," Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina sing after the refrain of "It's getting dark in New York City." The song, written directly after the New York protests for Eric Garner, call for a world free of police oppression, and free of murder. They have also made a second video, all from footage of this past year's protests. Give both a watch above and below.