Otherworldly is an accurate adjective that could be used to describe Guernsey-born enigma Empara Mi. Her cutting blend of pop, R&B and hip-hop sears like a burn, sometimes ghostly, sometimes a hurtling force of nature – but always a striking sonic and visual blast. First grabbing our attention with raw tracks such as “The Come Down” and “Wanderlust,” she’s since been making waves with hypey collabs such as atmospheric number, “Spoon,” featuring big-hitter Kojey Radical.
And her latest drop is no exception. Warped, ethereal vocal samples and minimal piano chords open “Crying,” and as the song builds to a crescendo, layers of Empara Mi’s heady vocals infiltrate the Lemonthebeat-produced track.
“This song was inspired by some of the messages I receive from young girls and boys who are struggling with their sense of identity and find themselves trying to get out of a dark place,” explains Empara Mi. “I want the song to be hopeful and encouraging but also an ode to their courage.”
On the lush visuals, she adds: “The director Matt Hutchings and I wanted to pay homage to one of my favourite movie moments, the ‘dying scene’ in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. We wanted it to feel cinematic and have the romanticism of the scene but deliver a different message. Instead of taking her life, she alone, saves it instead.”
Watch “Crying” below…