Following up from her thought provoking and politically-charged soul single STANDARDS which received rotation and high praise on Double J, Gold Coast based Beckah Amani has released Stranger. Already played on Triple J’s Root N All, Stranger explores Amani’s vulnerabilities after a painful breakup from someone she once loved. The singer-songwriter, who wrote her first song at just nine years old, draws vocal inspiration from the likes of Nina Simone, Ed Sheeran and Sia for a nuanced blend of soul, folk and pop.
Stranger, as Beckah explains, is about the “sobering irony after a breakup of being strangers with someone who knows you so intimately”. She further expanded that “the double conundrum is the realisation that although the relationship didn’t work out, the heartache is worth it because it gets us closer to knowing who we are, what we want and finding the person who it was meant to work out with.”
The song was recorded on the Gold Coast at Serotonin Productions by Guy Cooper and producer also brother, JWISA. She loves having her brother JWISA as her producer, stating that the best part about it is that “he doesn’t sugar coat it. If my vocal delivery is bad he’s not afraid to say it. If it’s great he reminds me in what order I am in the sibling line: he keeps me humble!”
The singer-songwriter said she’s purposely delivered Stranger as a slow jam so listeners have a chance to resonate and connect with the vulnerable and raw lyrics. On finding inspiration from Netflix’s movie ‘Someone Great’, she said “I started thinking about how strange it is that someone can know you so intimately; that they can know your secrets, insecurities, flaws, dreams, and fears, yet be a complete stranger who’d walk right past you on the street. I found that funny but really sad too. The juxtaposition of being intimately known yet being estranged intrigued me and so I bought myself [a] box of tissues, dug into some old wounds and wrote ‘Stranger'”.
Her previous single Standards was written at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in June and explores her experience in dealing with racism as a POC who moved to Australia from Tanzania at eight years old. The single was spun on Double J, with the station claiming it was “one of the best singles added to Double J this week,” and sparked the praise of Tones and I who added it to her Instagram-based competition ‘That One Song’.
There are some exciting things to look forward to from Beckah on the horizon. After just supporting Busby Marou at The Triffid you can catch her playing soon and expect to hear new music from her upcoming LP ‘Settling Scores’.
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