An identity crisis is not uncommon whilst falling through the uncomfortable transition from teen to adult, and someone who knows this all too well is the singer, lyricist, poet and journalist Yulia. Drawing on her experience as a Polish girl living in London, the signer calls on her writing abilities to pen lyrics laced with political messaging and skilful introspection for her latest alt-pop release “Virgin Mary”. Warped pulsating synths paired with Yulia’s airy vocals, which switch between softly sang choruses and rapid bursts of rap-like bars, allow for a balanced duality to be achieved on the track as we follow the singer through her crisis.
“While writing ‘Virgin Mary’ I was determined to grasp the essence of my identity crisis and a struggle of living a double life in Warsaw and London, while still being authentic,” explains the singer. “It’s about trying to be true to myself despite the stereotypical attitude of some people I’ve met while living in London and despite the many challenges that progressive young people have to face in recent years in Poland. This song is not just about being more than just ‘the Polish girl’ but dissecting what being the Polish girl means to me in this socio-political climate.”
Medieval aesthetics meet a 00s haze in the song’s accompanying music video which sees the artist sipping from a goblet, sageing away bad vibes and serenading herself in a mirror with her thoughtful lyrics, further proving that the track is both creative and academic in nature. And, with this deeply personal tune standing as Yulia’s third release from her debut audio-visual EP “Warsaw Mule”, the project is sure to feature more poetic lyrics and blended visuals from the artist.
Listen to “Virgin Mary” below….