Pariah is a song for the end of prejudice and inequity that celebrates people coming together with intolerance for intolerance; it’s a song that fiercely points the finger to those who manipulate and discriminate against others while euphorically radiating a feeling of liberation.
For the video Stuart Breadner (director), Baz Schmaz (producer) and I managed to gather a diverse group of people in terms of their gender, age and ethnicity and body type, who shared personal stories of being discriminated against. Using body paint, we wrote hurtful and insulting things that have been addressed to them, because of their identity. As the video progresses, they rub the words off of their bodies, as a symbolic gesture of erasing stigma, bigotry and hatred.

Released on 17 September 2021 via CD Baby

Listen here:

Forget everything you know
No matter where you go you’re alone
Nothing left for you to show
No matter where you go you’re alone
Hide and seek, that’s how you flow
Spin around and look at your empty throne

Your recollections are all that now you have to turn to
I’m not the same old pariah you just love being used to

Once upon a time strong
No matter where you go you’re alone
Live and learn you’re in the wrong
No matter where you go you’re alone

Oh you are what I’m not
Yeah you are what I’m not

Your recollections are all that now you have to turn to
I’m not the same old pariah you just love being used to

I’m standing here alone with everyone else
As someone who forgives but never forgets
Time has come and now we timelessly become what has been a dream
I’m standing here alone away from you
Oh to tell you shadows are made of light too
We broke the silence you made up, the pedestal that you built up
And we dance, we dance now

Your recollections are all that now you have to turn to
I’m not the same old Pariah you just love being used to


Music Video of the Year Shortlist – The Weekender Awards
”… both the lyrics and the video calling out each and every form of discrimination, focusing in my opinion particularly on the critical voice that we all turn upon ourselves…” – Phoebe Inglis-Holmes, BBC Introducing
”Balancing catchy tunes with hard poignant points to hammer home is tricky but this is an example of when it goes right.” – Higher Plain Music
”This is her most powerful song to date lyrically, and the video matches the emotion and power in its imagery” – The Gigner Quiff
”I’m delighted that an artist like Katherine Aly is committed to bringing justice to these marginalized people and educating others who seem confused about another’s identity.” – The Pop Blog
”An empowering message that challenges those who thoughtlessly manipulate and discriminate against others.” – 27 Magazine
”…pretty synths backing up the ear-grabbing vocals that deliver an instantly catchy, emotional chorus” – Music I’m Obsessed With
”A shocking and striking video clip offered by the artist Katherine Aly, talking to us I think about tolerance or intolerance, discrimination, identity…” – Music in Belgium
Song of the Day – Eat This Music
Interview with On-Magazine Yorkshire
Interview with Platinum Mind
Interview with The Melting Pop (FR)


Song credits:
Produced & mixed by Marty Hailey at Metro 13 Studio, Edinburgh
Mastered by Reuben Taylor
Video credits:
Directed by Stuart Breadner
Produced by Baz Schmaz
Special thanks to Gloria, Johnny, Maria, Orla and Sam