Last year, Ysa Yaneza made waves with her dreamy, pastel-hued video for 'Tea', which showcased the Singaporean musician's romantic streak and gauzy synthetic pop sound. Now, Yaneza has returned with new music: 'IRL (If You Really See Me)', the title track of a full EP coming later in the year.
Yaneza's far from the first Singaporean musician to grapple with the implications of the huge role technology plays in our emotional lives, but what makes her music stand apart is its lack of cynicism, as well as its unabashed femininity that earnestly pulls from the cutesier sides of an earlier digital aesthetic. Think the pink Motorola Razr and sparkly gifs – the adornments of an easier, freer time as a digital native.
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Yaneza's love of Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama come through strong on 'IRL', which she wrote, performed and produced herself (with mixing and mastering by Jeff Hue of Vogual Productions). The track is, as she says, "an upbeat lament about a ‘virtual reality relationship’ in the digital age where human connection is often dictated by the availability of wifi".
"No reply, but I guess it's alright / I thought it'd be easy," Yaneza croons. "I am more than the pictures you've seen / I have dreams I wanna achieve." 'IRL' is a lovely but unquestionably lonely track, one you can both sway to sadly on the dancefloor and savour in the intimate comfort of one's headphones.
Listen to 'IRL (If You Really See Me)' by Ysa Yaneza here: