Continuing with our premiere week, we are now going for something less infectious and more emotional driven as we team up with the singer-songwriter Yify Zhang for the premiere of her poignant new single “Get Out,” a song that makes great use of her incredible vocals and her talent for the piano.
About the song, Zhang comments,
Get Out was inspired during a time I felt disconnected from the world and the people around me. The desire was to connect, and there was a longing to get out of the thoughts “in the head” patterns that often prevent that connection. Musically, I wanted to convey this sense of someone having an internal conversation with all the versions of themselves. The sonic landscape needed to be anthemic but quiet. Production-wise, I worked with a talented and dedicated producer to bring this vision to life, and played violin and keys myself. In terms of instrumentation, I wanted the drums and vocals to be the focal point, with swells created by violin and piano, similar to my other songs. It took us quite a while to find the right drum beat – in retrospect, I was looking for something that sounded like a heartbeat. Again, that sonic landscape of an internal dialogue, hearing one’s own voice in some sort of internal chamber. I hope for Get Out to make people feel closer to themselves.
Yify is an artist of cinematic alternative music. Born in the metropolis of Beijing, Yify began her musical journey on the violin at the age of five and pursued a violin performance degree. A spinal injury in the neck however, prevented a profession in classical violin. It was around this time that she dove into composition and wrote over 500 short piano pieces in 3 years. Yify began to song-write and navigate the music industry since 2015. Inspired by a range of artists from songwriters such as Sara Bareilles, Sia, and Bon Iver to instrumental composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm, and Olafur Arnalds, Yify considers herself a songwriter first and composer second. Yify makes music to heal herself, and along the way she hopes others as well.