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SILLY BOY BLUE RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM “BREAKUP SONGS”

INDIE POP SINGER-SONGWRITER SILLY BOY BLUE RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM “BREAKUP SONGS”

The French artist Silly Boy Blue (Ana Benabdelkarim) releases her album Breakup Songs, the perfect name for her debut, which is all about the rollercoaster of love, from crushes to crashes.

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The official music video for “Teenager“, filmed in her high school, can be seen.

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Silly Boy Blue is a young singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based in Paris, newly signed to Columbia France. She used to be a music journalist and started her artistic journey as part of the French band Pégase. Borrowing her name from a David Bowie song, Silly Boy Blue shares with him a taste for risk and a deep-rooted desire to push norms and codes. Ana’s universe is beautifully split between glam goth, emo, and bedroom pop, she is as bright as the sun and as dark as the night. Silly Boy Blue sings teen pop anthems and breakup songs and has a passion for 90’s music, movies & style.

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“Teenager is the last song I wrote before starting the studio session. It is a sort of overview of what I am, of all the things I didn’t want to forget to mention in the album: to be a woman told to shut up, to not always fit in the box, to talk about sexuality too. I called it Teenager because it is the song I would have liked to write in my teenage years, and the lyrics I would have liked to hear. We shot the music video in the high school I used to go to, precisely where I spent those years.”Silly Boy Blue

With sparkling eyes, Ana talks passionately about the musicians whose pictures are still pinned on her bedroom wall: Siouxsie & The Banshees, Marilyn Manson, The Cure, Fever Ray, Lady Gaga, Prince, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Christine and the Queens, Frank Ocean, Joan Jett… She calls them untouchables, unreal. With her trademark modesty, she also shows her university thesis, called “The Androgynous bodies in music, from David Bowie to Mykki Blanco”… Digging into her memories, she talks about herself as a rebellious goth college girl, wearing proudly laddered tights. “I was more Outsider than Popular”, she recalls.

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This rich and passionate build-up in music helped her to develop a solid and personal universe right from her first EP, the luxurious But You Will. The sound was definitely hers, a prowess far too rare in French pop, which very often has the bravery out shadowed by caution and the lack of ambition. The EP took its name from the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Sung in English, dreamy and wide, it revealed intimate songwriting, carnal, without prudishness, tortured but still strong. Like her all-time heroes Elliott Smith and Lana Del Rey, Silly Boy Blue cured her blues with words. Her songs mix sensual acoustic sounds and devilish electronics, forming a fascinating exercise of layers upon layers. Her music could be called “humble maximalism”, as opposed to “whinging minimalism”, as minimalism couldn’t contain all her desires of escapism, of post-pop in any case.

If she comes across as shy in the social circus, in day-to-day life, Ana certainly is not when it comes down to her music “Using the Silly Boy Blue persona allows me to be stronger, freer, braver than in real life. I desperately needed an avatar to be more honest and finally tell people how I feel. Even if I need songs to achieve this… Between Ana & Silly Boy Blue, I sometimes wonder who is the real me.” Ana describes herself as a romantic, incapable of expressing her feelings. Since the dark torment of her teenage years, she has learned how to live with crushes, love affairs reduced to silence by the capitulation of words, the impotency of failed courage. “In my head, I go through love affairs without the other person even being aware of it. But if I hadn’t had these things to write about in my teenage days, I don’t know how I would have gone through life. It really helped me understand myself, to find myself less weird.”

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The first Silly Boy Blue album is comprised of 12 songs. Some will only need a guitar and a voice. Some others will require the wizardry and opulence of rhythm and arrangements. The recording started in Paris with Apollo Noir, who was joined in Normandy by Sam Tiba, from Club Cheval, also in charge of production duties. But Ana also operated on the mixing desk and has produced 3 songs on her own. “It was a feminist statement, she says. I really wanted to play every piece of piano and guitar, write the arrangements and produce some tracks. I am quite geeky but also impatient, which is a bad combination. It reinforces my fears of being useless, of being revealed as an imposter. Nevertheless, even though I have LOTS to say about being a female musician, I have even more things to discuss as a musician.”

This is what is striking in her songs: their meticulousness, their musicality. It describes perfectly well the rollercoaster of love, from crushes to crashes. No one will be surprised to hear that there is a special guest on most of these songs: melancholy. “I have always been very, very melancholic, says Ana. In my life and in my head, I collect memories, dates, feelings. They are all linked to songs.”

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I asked her if the music still saves lives. She answers without a blink. “Without music, my life would have been totally different. It helped me to hate myself a bit less. My biggest dream would be that my album falls into the hands of an equally fucked up girl, who doesn’t know who she is if she prefers boys or girls. And that this girl feels OK while listening to me. I just want to pay forward what Bowie and others did for me.”

 

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CONTACT Silly Boy Blue:

Follow on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sillyboybluemusic

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Follow on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sillyboyblue1

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Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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“Lonely Satellite” by Lexi Berg shares a serenade for the solitary heart

Lexi Berg

From the cozy corners of iconic venues like Ronnie Scotts to the vast expanses of the Isle of Wight Festival, Lexi Berg has captivated audiences with her enchanting performance and magnetic presence, now delivering her latest single, “Lonely Satellite.” This celestial gem orbits the heart’s loneliest spaces, transforming profound, expansive, and intimate closure into universally resonant anthems while offering a comforting embrace.

Born in Stockholm, the Swedish-American songstress, already making waves in the London music scene, brings fresh yet nostalgically rich folk-pop influences to the table, underscoring why she’s a rising star. “Lonely Satellite” perfectly encapsulates this blend, delivering a dreamy, nostalgic, refreshingly modern soundscape. Helmed by accomplished producer James Eliot, recognized for his collaborations with Ellie Goulding and Black Honey, the track is a masterclass balancing a warm acoustic base harmoniously interwoven with subtle innovative electronic components.

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Berg’s powerful, raspy voice, reminiscent of a modern-day Stevie Nicks, adds an intoxicating depth to this soulful track that draws audiences in from the first strum of the guitar. Her vocal delivery is filled with an aching vulnerability that makes the song’s message hit home. The contemplative lyrics, penned in the tranquil fields of Wales, offer a sense of solace and connection, becoming the guiding star and serving as an antidote to urban life’s often overwhelming pace.

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The resounding nature of Berg’s vocal soars introspectively; it reminds us of the power of music to heal and unify; even in our loneliest moments, we are not truly alone. “Lonely Satellite” represents a poignant ode for anyone who has ever felt like a lone satellite drifting in the vast universe, an auditory adventure through the cosmos of human emotional experience. This exceptional composition encourages the audience to sing along and feel less lonely, fostering a sense of community. This is Lexi Berg at her finest, delivering an emotionally stirring anthem that lingers long after the final chord dissipates.

 
CLICK HERE TO STREAM Lexi Berg’s Lonely Satellite on SoundCloud.
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MYAH ignites an anthemic symphony of unworthiness in her new single, “Flames”

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MYAH stirs up a bittersweet agony of a relationship undone by an avoidant partner’s attachment style plagued by dark thoughts of insecurity with her latest release, “Flames.” This song is a desperate plea and an unfiltered lament with a catchy, mainstream pop vibe. It’s set against a backdrop of shimmering alternative pop-punk melodies that grip audiences and don’t let go until the haunting outro.

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Hailing from the sun-kissed streets of South Florida and embodying influences from the brooding lyrics of Arctic Monkeys to the ethereal soundscapes of Sylvan Esso shine through in this impactful creation. The song starts with a tantalizing fusion of upbeat pop rhythms and introspective verses, instantaneously immersing the listener into emotional upheaval. Her candid and evocative vocal delivery guides us through the heart-wrenching tale of love slipping away due to feelings of unworthiness with profound lucidity.

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Lyrically, MYAH proves herself a master of the emotional spectrum, skillfully exploring themes of excitement and wonder intertwined with a symphony of love and the devastating lows of sorrow, weaving them into a coherent narrative that feels personal and universal. The recurring motif of “if only” in the outro, a poignant allusion to the movie ‘Holes,’ underscores the sense of a cursed love doomed by internal conflicts. This artful reference adds layers of meaning, encouraging listeners to reflect on their own “if only” moments.

MYAH’s capacity to conjure vivid, romantic imagery through her poetic craftsmanship makes this track one of the most striking in her repertoire. Its cinematic quality and heartfelt lyricism leave a lasting impression long after the haunting composition’s final note. In “Flames,” MYAH has crafted a must-listen sonic anthem for anyone who has ever struggled with the paradox of wanting to hold on while feeling compelled to let go. It’s a beautiful reminder of love’s complexities and its flames that can both warm and burn, wrapped in a sound that is uniquely her own.

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CLICK HERE TO STREAM MYAH’s Flames on Spotify.
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