American singer/songwriter Salem Ilese this week drops her brand new single (L)only Child – a spirited and self-assured coming-of-age anthem that lyrically addresses what it was like for Salem growing up as an only child, on a constant search to seek the approval of others.
Released via EMI Records / 10K Projects / Homemade Projects, and serving as the first single to be lifted off of her debut EP, the super infectious track, with it’s unique, staccato beat and hypnotic synthesised melody, sees Salem dig deep, both spiritually and sonically, to produce a funky, mid-tempo electro-pop bop!
Speaking of the inspiration and message behind the single, Salem says: “‘(L)only Child’ took about 2 years to make, and I went through countless versions in the process. I feel like this song says more about me than any bio could. On the surface, it details my experiences of being an only child, but at the root, it’s about my acceptance that all I have is myself at the end of the day. Being an only child taught me how to be my own bestie.”
3.Romeo & Juliet
4.good, not great
5.About a Breakup
OVERALL RATING: 3½ stars