Southern California-based artist Reilley Lorene has returned with the release of their new single “Bad Love”. The track starts off minimally, with just voice, guitar and percussion textures before you are thrown into the belly of the beast, the chorus. The choruses are just as charged with emotion as the intent to write the song is. Listen here
Reilley says of the track “My Ex called me a couple weeks ago, 2 months after he broke up with me, to tell me he was in a serious relationship. Which sparked some anger in me because he told me he wasn’t ready for serious commitment. I remember waking up the next day with such clarity on how he treated me, I got in the car and drove to meet my friend Brad, and we wrote bad love. It felt great to finally say ‘fuck you’, move on, and dance while doing it. It was and still is empowering.”
Riley was born and raised on the warm coast of Southern California. In the spring of 2005, that sunshine was cast out by a dark grey cloud that would eventually haunt her for her days to come. Riley lost her close friend, and her mother to suicide. With no way of escaping the reality of her world, she turned to writing poetry and her piano. Not classically trained, she would sit in her room teaching herself how to write songs. For the next years of her life she would be comforted by the sounds of soul, jazz, and blues. Influenced by artists like Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers, Janis Joplin, Helene Smith, Al Green & Marvin Gaye; she found her way into writing and poring her heart and soul into her songs.