American indie rock singer-songwriter Indigo de Souza has shared the latest single from her upcoming LP Any Shape You Take, the hauntingly beautiful ‘Real Pain’.
The track is a solid indie rock strut, complete with shuffling floor toms and a lilting melody that is one of de Souza’s best. But the most memorable aspect of the track comes as the tempo slows at the two-minute mark. From there, an ever-ascending cacophony of screams begins to crescendo with frightening fervour. Right as the screams reach their peak, they suddenly drop away, and de Souza finishes the song proper.
“‘Real Pain’ is about facing grief and loss and having compassion for yourself in that space. It’s about learning to be unafraid of experiencing a full spectrum of emotion, and welcoming the way it teaches you and changes you,” De Souza explains in a press release. “For one of the sections in the song, I put out an invitation for people to anonymously send me voice memos of ‘screams, yells, and anything else’. I layered the voices on top of one another to embody a kind of collective experience.”
“I felt an incredible catharsis hearing their voices stacked with mine. While we live such separate lives, we are connected in the way that we all navigate immense amounts of pain and love and fear in our bodies every day. It can be hard to be a person! It’s okay to acknowledge that sometimes. It’s okay to feel things fully and to allow others space to do the same.”
The song’s three distinct sections, complete with their own melodies, tempos, and structures, perfectly illustrates the expanded scope that de Souza is working with on Any Shape You Take. Retaining her driving rock and roll sound, de Souza weaves in experimental collages and abstract sounds to create expansive, terrifying, and completely unique. Previous singles ‘Kill Me’ and ‘Hold U’ pointed toward this progression, but ‘Real Pain’ fully realises it.
Check out the audio for ‘Real Pain’ down below. Any Shape You Take will be released on August 27.