ILON’s debut single ‘selfish Love’ demonstrated the star quality that’s already seen her collaborate with the Grammy-winning FINNEAS (Billie EilishHalsey) and rising pop star JC Stewart. It earned the 21-year-old her first wave of tastemaking support, including playlists adds to Spotify’s Brand New Chill and Popjustice’s New Music Friday. She has also earned extensive airplay in her homeland of Finland as well as her first plays at US college radio.
The rising artist now presents another angle to her talents as she shares her second single ‘catch-22’. It opens with a spacious, understated verse before the beat hits home and lets the song’s magnetic hook take flight. It also captures the versatility of ILON’s enchanting vocals, as she ascends from softly enunciated elegance into a powerful chorus that displays her world class potential. Listen HERE.
Like ‘selfish Love’‘catch-22’ contrasts its playful sound with lyrics that explore the pitfalls of modern romance. This time it’s about being stuck in a relationship. As the title suggests, it’s an inescapable paradox:  the solution to the problem is also the cause of it.     
ILON explains, “Despite acknowledging every little fault in the relationship, you can’t seem to take the leap to move on from it. The fear of not knowing what’s on the other side of it has got you wrapped around its finger. You’d rather be miserable than end up alone. The other person doesn’t care enough to do anything about it, which puts even more pressure on you to set things straight for your own sake. Not wanting to be alone was the reason you got into this unfulfilling relationship in the first place. It’s ironic that you know you have to leave, but you can’t be rational enough to actually do it.”
‘catch-22’ is the latest product of ILON’s creative partnership with producer Ilkka Wirtanen. Her storytelling lyrics and striking voice are complemented by his inventive sonic ideas to create something unique. It positions ILON as the next essential contender amongst a wave of Nordic artists who are making an international impact. The likes of SigridTove Lo and Mø have led the charge, but ILONoffers something new.

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