“I don’t believe in god / nor his angels / nor his disciples / he’s a stranger / he’s subliminal / not my father, not my leader of all / leaves the dirty to get dirtier / and wipes the clean” are lyrics from debutant AKINE on song Pray For The Prey, who penned this song at just 13 years old when war hit her native country. Fast forward 4 years and still at a tender age of just seventeen, we have a singer-songwriter-protester who wants to use her voice to articulate the effects of blind faith in the modern world as she sees them.
AKINE’s relatives were displaced, losing their homes and livelihoods as a consequence of the war when she was a child, so it could be safe to suggest AKINE might want to use music as a vessel of protest than most other teenagers releasing music at her young age. On the subject of this track she had to say “Pray for the Prey came about at a time when my country was going through crisis with the Maidan protests and subsequent war. People in Ukraine tend to turn to religion and prayer when dealing with the unfortunate state of poverty and corruption rather than seeking concrete solutions. It was painful to see the country I love falling apart and my family suffering as a consequence. This song captures what I felt at that moment in time.”
Pray For The Prey is alt-pop song at heart, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a common ditty for yet another love song narrative told by the next wannabe big thing; it’s music for people who think about the issues in the world around them. With a debut EP to follow shortly, you can be sure to see that buck in the trend to continue in her future music. These songs will be released on Best Laid Plans Records.
For more information on AKINE you can head over to her official channels – Instagram / Facebook