by Thomas Bedward July 18, 2021
Los Angeles based KEANA is a multi-talented pop meets electronic music producer, audio engineer, vocalist, and sound designer who envisions a dream world constructed out of melancholic vocals, lush synth landscapes and hard-hitting beats. Having studied jazz music as a teen, KEANA’s vocals reflect a soft and airy, yet sultry tone. With strong mystic lyrics, her production styles range from alternative-electronic dream pop to melodramatic trip-hop.
While her original focus was to be a vocalist and songwriter, she quickly became intrigued by diving deeper and learning electronic production to create her sonic world. KEANA found it difficult to have her vision translated sonically through other producers. This is when she took interest in producing her own music and having full control, creatively speaking. Once KEANA discovered her sound, it was like everything fell perfectly into place and she knew her life’s purpose, which is to make people tune into their emotions by having an experience and then connecting with themselves on a deeper, intuitive level.
With her new single, the gorgeous ‘Lilac’, this connection is on full display, with the song being all about feeling the need for escapism through times of hardship and struggle. Inspired by the wisdom found in dream states, meditation, and alternate realities, ‘Lilac’ takes the listener on an immersive journey through the rich landscapes and dreamy conjurings of the artist's vivid imagination.
The video captures "the juxtaposition between the dark ominous room and this colourful space where I move freely" and features a finely crafted fusion of vintage and futuristic concepts, avant-garde choreography, and purple hues that coincide with the lilac inspired theme.
Of the new release, KEANA confides, “it speaks about wanting to be transported to another world where life stresses and fear do not exist. It is inspired by a dream I had one night I believe when I was living in Boston at the time. In this dream, I heard this voice speaking to me. I felt that it was guiding me to this mysterious place where I could relax in paradise. The only way I could describe this being was a ‘White Phantom,’ this being of light that took me to places of “lilac islands and lavender beaches.” The song features dreamy vocals and layers of rich musical textures over beautifully crafted synth-pop soundscapes.
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