Singer-songwriter, Alicia Rae released the music video for “Cupid,” a dark tale of heartbreak and betrayal. The video accompanies the single, portraying the artist as a victim of Cupid’s arrow, the metaphor of a vengeful flame. “Cupid” is now streaming on YouTube and available on iTunes for purchase.
Alicia Rae made a splash on the east coast music scene with the recent release of her Sweet Melody EP, a collection of songs that mimic the various emotional levels of love. While the EP generally maintains a lighthearted approach to pop, “Cupid” stands out among other tracks as notably darker in tone and lyricism. The song finds Alicia at home in bed, as cupid sneaks in her window with his arrow which leads to a tumultuous rendezvous with love that causes pain and anguish. As a visual companion to the single, the music video depicts the heartbreak of the two-timing lover she describes in the song. In it, Alicia is found mapping out a series of photos that show her boyfriend is married, and a tearful story of cheating unfolds. Alicia shows a different side to her, in both perspective and vocal range, as she exclaims, “Cupid shot me down to the ground and I’m burning from the sound of Cupid’s gun. They told me ‘you better run.’” Contrasting the acoustic feel-good nature of the previous single and title track, “Sweet Melody,” dramatic piano notes and the crunch of industrial drums surround the narrative of “Cupid.” Though her darker side still resonates just as well as the innocence of her love songs, with an addicting hook and a captivating dance beat. The single indicates Alicia’s versatility as an artist, as the Anti-Valentine’s Day anthem proves to be one of Alicia’s most captivating and ambitious.
Alicia Rae has always had a passion for music, studying and playing flute as a child, though it would be years until she picked up the guitar for the first time. Promising herself she would start checking things off the bucket list, Alicia started at the top of the list with learning guitar. Soon after, Alicia found a profound and cathartic release in songwriting and fell in love with writing and composing. She cites influence from the music of artists like Kina Grannis, Taylor Swift and Michael Pearsall, who sings with Alicia Rae in the song “Fire In Your Eyes” on the Sweet Melody EP. Alicia is also a vocal advocate of cancer awareness and has often used the stage to draw attention to the cause.
Every rose has its’ thorn and indeed “Cupid” is the finger-pricking tale of love, loss and pain surrounding the warm harmonies in the rest of Alicia Rae’s catalogue. “Cupid” is the second single from Sweet Melody EP, available on iTunes, and the video can be seen on YouTube. To learn more about the musical journey of Alicia Rae check out AliciaRaeMusic.com.