At the top of Ayelle’s twitter feed sits a proud retweet of a fan mention: “I fuck with @ayellemusic man. She’s so cold.”
To the majority, this may not seem like necessarily positive feedback, but for Swedish-Iranian artist, Ayelle – whose music specialises in biting fuckboy-geared lyrics – it hits the nail on the head, for sure.
For the London-based singer, her speciality is simmering, vexed emotions trickling over minimal R&B-electropop compositions – all relayed via honey-sweet vocals.
Produced by Brad Baker, her latest five-track EP, “Slow Clap” is no exception, exploring various negative relationship dynamics and featuring contributions from R&B comrade Nakala.
“The content I was writing at the time was inspired by some of the men I dated whilst living in London,” explains Ayelle. “The EP therefore explores a range of different dynamics such as entitlement (“Actor”), mansplaining (“Special”), commitment-phobia (“Talk”), as well as the unrealistic expectations we project on one another (“Mad”).”
“I wanted to unravel the roles we play in glorifying unhealthy relationships and the myth of what a fuckboy is. The concept of the EP is basically a slow clap for them, but also a call for self reflection and taking responsibility for our own feelings.” Preach.