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Leeds born, Newcastle-based alt-artist FALLU brings us a refreshing blast of soul-funk fused psychedelia, courtesy of her latest single, Sunshine Down. With delicious licks of guitar, brooding bass and impassioned vocals, this crisply produced track discusses themes of anxiety and its effect on relationships.  

Here, the artist herself gives us more insight into the inspiration behind the latest release…

Honestly, there was one night where I was listening to old school playlists from when I was in college and high school and I came across Wildfire by SBTRKT and I just had it on repeat after that. At the time, me and my band were rehearsing quite a lot as we had an ensemble assessment coming up at uni and my bassist just suddenly started playing this proper filthy funky baseline out of nowhere and it reminded me of that song. I was like, “Why don’t we try something out of our comfort zone and see what happens?” Then all of my band just kept contributing and playing along with it and it just kept flourishing and blooming into something bigger and wonderful. 

I suffer quite significantly with an overthinking and anxious mind, and it unfortunately taints many aspects of my life. I battle with this overactive mind every day and I felt like this music that we were creating was also resonating with emotions that I was experiencing at that time in my life. As cliche as it sounds I just find it so much easier to express my emotions through my music rather than just plainly talking about it and I wanted to show my world through my eyes. I think the music video will really allow the watchers to see that as well. I think there’s something really magical about being able to turn your-not-so positive traits and turn them into art. I mean, how lucky are we to be able to do that? 

In terms of the music itself, we’ve really gone out of our comfort zone. I really let my band just do their own thing with this, each one of them has their own unique music style and they all gelled together to create a recipe of psychedelic/funky/dubby/rocky goodness that is ‘sunshine down’. 

When people ask me who I sound like? I find it quite hard to give an answer and I think that’s a good sign. We play around with our sounds so much that I don’t think I could put myself into a specific genre.  I will continue to experiment with sounds and surprise you all, hopefully in a good way! But if I were to say who my inspirations are, I’d say Thundercat, Khurangbin, SZA, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder.

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