The Welsh singer-songwriter feels the heaviness of empathy and ultimately reaches a sense of freedom.
The ethereal Violet Skies first released her debut EP back in 2014; it's been nearly three years, and Popdust has been waiting with bated breath on her next move. This week, the singer and songwriter makes major waves with her new track "Island," a swirling mid-tempo which basks in heated tropical house and EDM and an alluring focus on raw vocals. She wears her heart on her sleeve, even the bitter and sour and the kind you want to forget forever. But with her long-waited return, which feels big on the surface, she is able to find a release in the music and learns one of the most important emotions of human existence: empathy. "I wasn't really expecting it to become something I released. I heard someone else singing it in my head - but it grew to mean more and more to me," she says of the song, which could very well have been an Ellie Goulding record.
She continues, explaining the song's message, "It's about finding peace and freedom, in this particular case, from the noise of other people and the noise inside your own head. The subject, as with everything I've written in the last year, surrounds one particular person and our relationship. I was trying my best to understand and empathize with something difficult they were going through, and [this song] was born."
"Island" washes over you, as the mix of soul, blues and traditional pop bleeds together like a kaleidoscope twisting in a relentless grip. The Welsh performer takes the moment to lay it all out on the line--the lyric is hefty but not overwhelming. And she knows that. She lets you make your own deductions about "the noise that pushes me down," she reflects in the potent lyric. The song is the anchor to her forthcoming new EP, This Was Us, tentatively expected this spring.
"Island" is out now on iTunes.
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