Northern New South Wales singer-songwriter Siala has released his first official single, ‘Blackout’, a song that ‘comes from an imperfect place’.
Produced by Brisbane rapper Nerve, “Blackout” sees Siala deliver fervent melodies and fast-paced beats to explore the artist’s experiences with domestic violence.
Siala’s mother was a victim of domestic violence, and at age 15 Siala fought back against her mother’s abuser. In a statement, she explained, “After knocking it out, I wrote a song about it. I found this rhythm of constantly writing my emotions into the music.
“I felt so much lighter mentally. It helped me record and reflect on my feelings, then I would think back to situations and feel closed.
The track arrives today (February 3) with an accompanying music video. In it, Siala raps through various shots that offer multi-faceted imagery – butterflies flutter across the screen as Siala watches herself on multiple televisions, the performer covered in newspapers, and a dazzlingly effective segment of white light unfolds. play.
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Siala went on to share that music has become an effective way for her to “digest pain and isolation”. “I started taking it more seriously when I got great feedback from my friends,” she said. “Every time I thought of playing or sharing sounds, it gave me butterflies. I would like [en]see it so clearly!
“Blackout” is taken from a larger body of work, slated for release in the coming months.
In November 2020, the former competitor of The Voice Australia shared a rap cover of Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” sharing her experiences of homelessness. “Being able to cover such an iconic track and help educate people on the issue means so much to me,” Siala said at the time.
“The line ‘she’s like you and me, but she’s homeless’ sums it up perfectly. Homelessness doesn’t discriminate; she could be your friend, your sister, your mother, your daughter, so we need to come together to help end homelessness.