Neon splashed fingers and wrists trickle over the jet-black keys of a keyboard and haunting melancholy notes fill your ears. It’s the latest acoustic offering from North London-based singer Tiggi Hawke, who has stripped back her synthy slow-burner “NYC” for an acoustic rendition.
Hawke’s saccharine vocals are accompanied only by keyboard, exposing the rawness in her performance and showcasing the emotional lyrics, telling the story of a failed relationship and the experience of being haunted by a city.
And the trippy visuals see Hawke painted head-to-toe in neon UV strokes in a blacklit room, which gives the heartfelt song a hazy, dreamy-like quality. Obsessed.
“Behind the electronic sounds and beats, to me NYC is actually lyrically very emotive and I wanted to show the track in a different light to try and emphasis that without losing too much of the genre,” explains Hawke.
“We decided to use a Rhodes to point towards a more electronic bass without making it too synthy, something there’s plenty of in the original! Visually, I really wanted to mirror that sentiment as well, bare but still out-of-the-box. I don’t like spending too much time in the box to be honest! The neon and light strips are all about silhouettes, showing the outline of the Rhodes and the mic etc, the hands of the pianist and not much else besides myself. Hopefully it helps to emphasise what the aim was, to strip the song down to it’s lyrical heart for everyone to see.”
Watch the music video for “NYC” below…