"A relationship or a person can feel like an addiction and that you would be lost without them, even when you know that it's causing you harm."
Nyiko presents their new single, "Keeping Me Alive," a song about codependency and featuring glossy post-punk textures.
NYIKO - Keeping Me Alive (Official Audio) youtu.be
Popdust spoke with Nyiko about what they're listening to these days and the inspiration for "Keeping Me Alive."
What's your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?
The Smiths - "This Charming Man."
Which artists are you listening to right now?
Right now, I'm on a steady rotation of Long Beard, Far Caspian, D'Angelo, and Charli XCX.
What inspired "Keeping Me Alive?"
The song started with the line "I love you but you're bad for my health / I don't know why I do this to myself." Without getting into too many details, my partner at the time was suffering from a form of mental illness, and her treatment became deeply interwoven with our relationship, resulting in codependency issues. In some ways, I think that the pure nature of being in that relationship was hindering both of our growth. A relationship or a person can feel like an addiction and that you would be lost without them, even when you know that it's causing you harm. It's a song about coming to terms with the dynamic of a codependent relationship, but not necessarily being ready to call it quits.