Rounding off a tumultuous year in style, London’s rising indie-pop star, Seraphina Simone reveals ‘Blue Devil’, an 80’s inspired, synth-heavy track steeped in emotionally vulnerable lyricism and delivered in Simone’s velvety-smooth vocals.
‘Blue Devil’ follows on from a string of releases from Simone this year, the Oxford University graduate been hard at work throughout 2020 establishing herself and her sound as worthwhile players in a densely crowded game. Simone’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed either, her previous, expansive indie-pop singles ‘Cherry <8’, ‘Hollywood $$$’ and ‘O M D’ have been featured in countless blogs and playlists throughout the year who agree that Seraphina Simone is an artist of the verge of breakthrough. Hoping to expand on her already impressive track record, Simone offers another heartfelt single drenched in the dreamy, romantic nostalgia that her sound is so well known and loved for.
Seraphina Simone on ‘Blue Devil’
“’Blue Devil’ follows on from ‘O M D’. It was written about the same relationship but at a much later stage, after it had broken down and I was all out of forgiveness and patience. It’s about how depression can turn someone into a total asshole! How their emotional numbness can feel cruel, and you feel guilty at hating them for it when you know it’s not really their fault. I was so frustrated at not being able to call him out on his shit in the way I would with someone who wasn’t suffering, and felt like such a bitch for feeling that way.”
“My love is made of velvet” sings Seraphina Simone, reflecting the imagery we see echoed in Simone’s photograph, a rich array of velvet, proving that Simone embodies her art; she and it are one in the same. A deeply personal single, ‘Blue Devil’ is a beautifully stripped-back number that allows Simone’s vocals to dominated over the more minimalistic instrumental made up of deep, repeating synth lines and metronome-like drum beats. The lyrics are conscious and considered, we see Simone cleverly personify depression as a ‘blue devil’, making this imaginary character the protagonist of the story, the aggressor who came between her and her lover.
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