Dreamy songstress ILUKA has released her new single Willing To Break, a powerful and tempestuous track penned from her own feelings of frustration at the present state of the world. After establishing herself as a name behind ‘retro-pop bops,’ ILUKA is still prevalent and catchy as ever – but this time she’s tugging at our heartstrings.
ILUKA’s bold yet gentle vocals edge in over a sparse piano intro and finally build to a brilliant crescendo as she declares “I’m Willing To Break.” She delves deeper into what fueled the encapsulating track below.
“Though I wrote this song a year ago in LA, perhaps rather eerily, it has become reflective of the time we find ourselves in. The year that 2020 has been. Like all of you guys, for me, this year has been a lot of reflecting & turning inwards. It’s been confronting & messy & lonely at times but I feel like this is all necessary for growth, for change. Humility is key right now (especially for us, white folk) & I’m learning to find a strength in that humility. I hope this song can bring you something. A feeling, or maybe just a flicker of hope in these uncertain times..”
Listen to ‘Willing To Break’ HERE
Growing up in the Blue Mountains, ILUKA felt an undeniable pull to songwriting and alongside her Father she spent years channeling her artistic energies inside her into music. Skip forward a decade or so later (and with countless worldly experiences under her belt) ILUKA found herself at the renowned Stella Sounds Studios in LA recording Willing To Break with Grammy-nominated producer Justin Stanley (Mark Ronson, Beck). After spending the last year toiling in LA and Nashville and working with writers and musicians all over America, ILUKA has transcended the traditional confinements of the rock genre to form her own variation of pop music. Now she tells universal tales of hope and love, struggle and sacrifice through a meticulously modern lens – pop music with a soul and purpose.
Alongside the track, ILUKA also releases the official video directed by Kate Cornish (Made In Katana) who writes ‘Through collaborating with ILUKA, we’ve created a video soaked in symbolism. The visuals in Willing To Break touch on the stages of self-reflection, leading to the discovery of one’s unconscious biases. Once making such revelations, it’s important that we take action. It was a dream working with ILUKA, and I hope you enjoy what we’ve made!” – Kate Cornish, Made in Katana
ILUKA goes on to explain ‘The concept behind the video is one of self-reflection. Turning within to understand what is happening outside of us. Challenging what you’ve grown up believing is true. What you’ve been told is true. Shattering allusions. Learning to sit in that discomfort. Perhaps even that pain. To be willing to grow and evolve no matter how difficult it may be. That is what being ‘willing to break’ is about for me. And I think we’re at a moment in time where this is more necessary now than ever.’
With thanks to Six Boroughs Music