Midsummer Sun – [FELIVAND] x [Alan McConnel]

21-year-old producer, singer and songwriter FELIVAND returns with her latest single “Midsummer Sun.” Following her lead single “Trajectory,” which received praise from us at Lyrical Lemonade, COLORS, NME (Australia), and more, “Midsummer Sun” serves as the second track off the rising Australian neo-soul artist’s forthcoming second EP Nerve, which is due on October 16th. According to the singer, Nerve represents a maturation of her sound; a seamless transition into a slinkier, darker shade of pop that broadens her creative horizons. The project also captures the natural element of anticipatory rush that an artist experiences while coming of age. Co-written & co-produced by Allan McConnel, “Midsummer Sun” dreamily lulls the listener with nostalgia before revealing the vibrancy that lies underneath.  In an artistically acute fashion, FELIVAND employs the painful pull of caring for someone who doesn’t care enough for themselves; she details the helplessness and questioning of watching them give into their own self-destructive tendencies. The strikingly resolute synth chords, crunchy percussion, and warm earthy melodies of FELIVAND bridge the smooth styles of Jorja Smith and Solange, with shades of IGOR-era Tyler, the Creator. Along with this new single, I’ve had the unique privilege of listening to FELIVAND’s upcoming EP, which is simply stunning in every regard. Had she not been one of my favorite vocalists before, Nerve all but confirmed her current standing. To paint a picture, Nerve plays like a deceptive trick mirror that reflects conflicting images in different moments. From a bleak perspective, the listener may hear the soundtrack to an arduous lonely night spent spiraling down an existential well of endless dread. On the contrary, a second take may spotlight the soundtrack to a glorious summer drive; upon which the wind courses along the immeasurable beauty of the world felt at one’s fingertips. Have a listen to “Midsummer Sun” by peeping the lyric video below!