As a companion to Adia Victoria’s recently released French-language EP, How It Feels, she’s debuted a short film by the same name out today. Dangerous Minds debuted the film describing Adia’s “21st-century take on the blues as Jeffrey Lee Pierce reincarnated as Ronnie Spektor.” The film was shot in Paris during a recent tour of Europe and features performance footage of the EP’s material including one original by Adia – “You Know How it Feels,” two Francoise Hardy covers and “Laissez Tomber Les Filles” written by Serge Gainsbourg and popularized by France Gall.
Adia notes, “I wanted this EP to take on a more eerie feel. Instead of the imagined dream pop girl wishing for her man to come home I reimagined the lyrics as sung by a lover scorned but still love sick and obsessed. I wanted to keep the timeless feel of these songs while breathing into them a bit of modernity; sharpen the edges a bit. What if ‘Parlez Moi de Lui’ were more of a hazey, trip out love letter from a woman still haunted by lost love. What if her in deranged mind her man still danced in and out of sight, just out of touch? I wanted to inject ‘Laissez Tomber Les Filles’ with a bit of the anger and danger I felt as a new political era descended on our country. This session would prove to be therapeutic in channeling my frustration with the current political landscape into powerful songs sung by iconic, emotional women. This EP was a way express all these feelings in a tangible way. There is so much emotionality to women that is often policed. This project gave me the chance to shake off those restrictions, free myself from my own mother tongue and speak in universal themes that flow beyond the borders of language.”
How It Feels marks the first new music Adia has released since her critically acclaimed debut Beyond The Bloodhounds.