"Opening my heart has left a bloodstain," sings Wrabel on his pained piano-led single, "Bloodstain," admitting he doesn't "know how to make a man stay." The queer Los Angeles musician's latest single is dramatic, but relatable, as he revisits all the lifelong love that's put him through heartbreak and made him "bleed." But despite all the trauma and metaphorical bloodshed, Wrabel sings that he's ultimately "alright with it" and "would rather love and bleed than never feel love at all." After all, "it's just a bloodstain."
"I write about myself," Wrabel told OUT. "I write about my experiences, my little head and my big ol' heart—I write true stories. This song is an autobiography of sorts, of loving and losing and trying and trying."
For the “Bloodstain” video, Wrabel aimed to show viewers how he's felt drifting in and out of love, searching for the perfect man. The masochistic visual opens with the singer laying in bed next to a lover, before blood begins oozing from his heart and onto his t-shirt. His panicked lover calls 911 and an ambulence rushes Wrabel to the emergency room on a stretcher. "I give it all a way even when I know it isn't right," he sings, as paramedics supply him with oxygen. Though Wrabel's lyrics are ultimately bittersweet, the video's ending is only bitter.
"In relationships, I tend to be silent when I need to talk the most," Wrabel said. "I push people away when I need them the most. I break my own heart to save another's, but I would rather love truly, wholly and completely, and hurt, than not love at all."
Watch the OUT premiere of Wrabel's "Bloodstain" music video, below.