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Azusena tells us about working with Dan Carey on her debut single "Crosby"

05 December 2016, 13:25 | Written by Laurence Day

We speak to experimental pop newcomer Azusena about debut single "Crosby", her love of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and her 2017 plans.

The British-American singer/songwriter recently made waves with her first offering - a bewitching blend of organic folk and menacing synth pop.

"It started with a guitar melody that [English super-producer] Dan Carey played like a loop," says Azusena. "I sang over it which we built around from there together. It's [about] the presence of person who is just too out of reach to truly connect with and understand even if he's kissing your face."

The London-based artist draws from a wide range of ideas, concepts, sights, and sounds for her music, with inspiration coming from sources such as Cocteau Twins, travelling, and modernist poet Rainer Maria Rilke..

"He is the only writer who I've connected with that has eased my anxiety and thoughts," Azusena tells us. "Like the way you feel is valid and even though the concept of life can be really morbid it's always your choice if you wanna let your mind sit in that energy."

As well as the music, the 23-year-old keeps tight control over the visual elements of her work. The art for "Crosby" was painted by Azusena herself, with colour representing an important part of her project.

"This was the first time writing music where I saw a lot of colours before the melodies came," Azusena says. "I had painted a Yantra-style template for Dan that sat in the studio the whole time we made this record that definitely set the tone..

Keep an eye on Azusena as she prepares for a busy 2017 of live shows, painting, writing, and releasing.
You can get "Crosby" now from iTunes.
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