- 29 Jan 21
The innovative cover totally reinvents the original 2017 song by Chance the Rapper featuring Daniel Caesar.
While keeping the thoughtful hook, Filice re-wrote all of the verses in the original spoken word style to produce an honest and powerful piece. Elina flows effortlessly between the very personal and the very broad, speaking candidly about her journey as well as broader societal issues.
“The song is a critical reflection on the last few years, from leaving the comfort and structure of university to figuring out what to do with my life, the struggles of being an artist, searching for meaning, and trying to understand the world around me," Filice says of the track.
Opening with a simple guitar loop, Filice's voice is later supported with hypnotic backing vocals from Dublin-based singer-songwriter Cat. As the lyrics grow in intensity, the song builds to an anthemic crescendo carried by a steady beat.
“We wanted the video to be solemn and pensive," Filice says of the Phil Kim-directed visuals.
"The video depicts me alone in the studio, to convey the idea that the following one’s dreams and passions, or even thinking critically about the world, is often a tough and lonely road.”
The song was recorded and produced by Kevin Brennan of Dublin's Wavefarm Productions.
Influenced by blues and spoken word, Elina spent her formative years in Singapore before moving to Canada to attend university. She then relocated to Dublin where she founded Red Vine Records, and continued sharing her soulful art with her loyal grassroots audience. The musician recently performed (and impressed) on the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions Y&E Series.
Her 2020 releases - 'Thinking of You' and 'Lying' - were met with critical acclaim by dozens of outlets as well getting added to official Spotify playlists.
Check out 'First World Problems', our Hot Press Track of the Day, below:
Image credit: Elina Filice.