Sophia Kennedy, the Avant-pop master and occasional harbinger of death and destruction, has released a new single ‘I’m Looking Up’ on the eve of her second album, Monsters.
“The song is an attempt to somehow describe the heavy feeling of loss and grief,” Kennedy explains in a press release. “When you lose someone you are suddenly exposed to a new form of reality, it comes crashing in your life without a warning and makes you question your own existence. But the song also has a psychedelic level – it’s a somewhat childish, naive view of looking up into the sky and searching for someone or something that has gone forever. To me it’s an extreme piece of music, because it is an extreme experience to lose someone you love.”
The Baltimore-born, Hamburg-based singer continues her streak of experimental pop on the dizzyingly ambitious new track. As someone who was born roughly thirty miles from Baltimore and has lived in Maryland for all 22 years of his young life, all I can say to Kennedy is “congratulations on making it out”.
‘I’m Looking Up’ also comes with an almost-one shot music video that keeps the attention squarely on Kennedy. “The video directed by Rosanna Graf took place in the early hours at a remote road by Berlin,” Kennedy continues. “The video was intended to work through its simplicity: It was shot out of the trunk of a car, which I chased for hours. We wanted to create the feeling of somehow lifting off, in a mysterious way – where you might ask yourself: Is she flying, running or falling? Why does it feel a bit discomforting but also intriguing at the same time?”
“Discomforting but also intriguing” is a fairly accurate summation of Kennedy’s work. With a voice that can lilt as much as it growls, and with a musical predilection towards offbeat sounds and instruments, Kennedy wouldn’t ever be confused with a pop star. And yet, her music feels rooted in a highly melodic, strangely catchy style. It’s not pop music as we know it, but rather pop music from another time and space, possibly of the future.
Check out the video for ‘I’m Looking Up’ down below. Monsters will be released on May 7th.