One thing we consistently harp on about on this blog is that no matter what the first track an artist releases will always be their most important as it’s what introduces the world to their sonic experience. It’s the first taste of the world that they’ve crafter, the stories that they offer and the message that they want to convey, which is exactly why Seraphina Simone’s stellar debut single Cherry that captures modern frustrations and miseries in a silky smooth alternative pop number.
“‘Cherry’ is the voice in our heads telling us we don’t have enough, telling us to want more, buy more, be richer, be thinner, be prettier, be better than everyone else,” Seraphina Simone explains. “It’s that sarky bitch who’s really mean to you and you hate her but you also kind of want to be her best friend because she’s perfect and you’re a mess. It’s the voice fuelled by consumer culture and jealousy and insecurity and myths like the American Dream. It seems harmless enough even though it fucks up the planet and makes us miserable.”
Her sound encompasses the do-wop style of the 60’s with the emphatic synths of 80’s whilst allowing the dynamic prowess of her dreamy vocal to shine throughout her music. Poignantly placed lyrics paint images in your mind of the story being told with the the Kate Bush styled vocal contrasting those subverted lyrics expertly. It’s a juxtaposing track that takes the glamour of her sonic experience and combines it with her gritty lyrics to produce a track that is a great sign of things to come. Check it out, more than worth a listen.