Brisbane/Meanjin-based singer, songwriter and producer, FELIVAND, today shares her new single Where Were You. Joining the single and video release arrives the leap from being independent to now part of a global team, as FELIVAND joins Sweat It Out (label), UNIFIED Music Group (management), and Niche Productions (booking agent).
Co-produced by Chris Mazuera (Jessica Domingo, Nafets, Habe) and mixed by Tristan Hoogland (Joji, James Blake, Flume), Where Were You is a soul-driven piece of empathy; a sorely welcome hug that consoles, restores and uplifts in equal measures, filling you with the comforting knowledge that someone out there has also been through it and that they too know what it’s like. A softly lapping back beat, amid shimmers of mellow guitar provide a vibrant and warm backing for FELIVAND’s honey-hued vocals. FELIVAND’s silky words grow more fervent with repetition, rising in intensity while harmonising vocal stacks, resonant bass, melancholic chords and layers of texture surround.
FELIVAND nourishes her adroit capacity for writing about the nuances of interpersonal relationships and how they can act as a mirror for our own internal self-understanding in Where Were You. She says on the release: “I wrote Where Were You after realising someone wasn’t there for me in a way I thought they would be. I felt let down and forgotten and this song is a pretty raw and impassioned outlet of that feeling.”
As her first single of 2021, the neo-soul/indie-pop artist provides an accompanying music video directed by Jennifer Embelton, revealing the depth of range and form that FELIVAND so boldly embodies.
On the video, Embelton adds: “The video explores these themes of isolation through visual storytelling. We see her in everyday scenes that inch into the realm of the surreal. Her environment and people don’t seem to realise she is there, but FELIVAND is determined to tell her story anyway.”
Where Were You marks a new chapter for FELIVAND, as she announces a number of new signings. Of her signing to Sweat It Out, UNIFIED Music Group & Niche Productions, she remarks that “It’s such a nice feeling to have a team of people who actively champion you and trust wholeheartedly in your creative decisions. I’m extremely excited to be starting this new chapter in my career with such a passionate team backing me. I was self-managed for a number of years, so signing with my manager was honestly one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. So much work goes on behind the scenes that you wouldn’t think of, it’s such an important and special working relationship that I really cherish”.
Where Were You follows FELIVAND’s 2020 sophomore EP ‘Nerve’, a bewitching, seamless slide into slinkier, darker shades of pop for her soul-tinged music that was hailed as “sublime” by COLORS, “an intoxicating blend of bedroom pop and neo-soul” from Bandcamp and “stunning in every regard” via Lyrical Lemonade. Scoring triple j support, community radio love and triple j Unearthed‘s Feature Artist, ‘Nerve’ marked a maturation of FELIVAND’s sound, a unique brand of organic, textural neo-soul and woozy, wistful bedroom pop influenced by the likes of James Blake, Solange and Kali Uchis. It came after a debut EP ‘In Bloom’ that boasts more than 12 million combined streams.
Coming up, FELIVAND will take to the stage for a headline show in her hometown of Brisbane/Meanjin. Performing at Black Bear Lodge on November 19, audiences will be among the first to witness Where Were You in the live domain, alongside beloved singles from ‘Nerve’ and ‘Bloom’. Later this year and into 2022, she will support Mallrat during her Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast dates.
FELIVAND, now making her debut with a new team behind her, expands upon the lyrical honesty she has long cultivated. Embedding hints of dissonance below its luxurious veneer, Where Were You today carves out the rare emotional space that FELIVAND’s wonderfully tactile music inhabits. Make sure to soak up every second of it today.
WHERE WERE YOU IS OUT NOW VIA SWEAT IT OUT
With thanks to Thinking Loud