“Before I felt defeated, because I had put so much energy into the band, and it was imploding. I didn’t think anybody heard what I had been trying to say all those years. But after the ‘Ain’t Afraid’ video, I realized people had heard me the whole time. They wrote me about how our music impacted their lives in a significant way. I don’t have words to say how much that meant to me.” —Those Darlins’s Jessi Zazu, via the Nashville Scene

“Optimist” is from Those Darlins’s Blur the Line LP, released in 2013 by Oh Wow Dang Records. The music video was directed by Veta&Theo for Ovvio Arte.