It’s been a bumper year for London-based musician Seraphina Simone whose expansive indie-pop singles ‘Cherry <8’, ‘Hollywood $$$’ and ‘O M D’ have been featured in countless blogs and playlists throughout the year. Most recently, ‘O M D’ was picked up by Record of the Day, 1883 Magazine, Vanyaland, The Hidden Hits, Secret Meeting, The Rodeo, The Most Radicalist, When The Horn Blows, Get In Her Ears and many more who agree that Seraphina Simone is an artist of the verge of breakthrough.
‘Skin’ shares many of the same sonic elements with ‘Hollywood $$$’; the spacious synths, reverb-rich production, Americana-style guitars and Simone’s unfiltered vocals. Just as that previous release tackles the many pitfalls of Tinsel Town, ‘Skin’ breaks down the expectations of sexuality and desire. Society has constructed a cage into which womxn are trapped, or “lobotomised” as Simone caustically puts it, and the fights to break out of that mental and societal jail cell can feel like one of life and death.
“It’s about sex and desire. It ties into a book I was reading about a devout woman in Bible Belt America who marries young for duty, and then falls for someone else in her 40s and starts an affair. The whole book was about the contradiction between her emotions and her upbringing, how what her body and heart were telling her was right was seen as sinful. I think as women we’re often taught to tame our desires, to make them fit into something that is palatable and acceptable for the male gaze or an outdated expectation of how a woman should behave, and by doing that we lobotomise a part of ourselves. ‘Skin’ is about that inner conflict.” – Seraphina Simone on ‘Skin’