Penelope Darling’s sonic upbringing was steeped in an eclectic mix thanks to her father’s influence, but what has had to biggest impact are soulful legends like Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin. We can hear these iconic women in the bluesy tone of Darling’s sincere vocal performance on brand new single ‘Tears Run Red’.
Complimenting her voice, the production of this song pivots between contemporary R&B beats and subtle pop melodies all held within the framework of a classic ballad style. The soft edges of this song and lulling quality makes it a chilled out listen; there’s no dramatic peaks or resounding lows, it’s a gentle and heartfelt song.
As we learn in the quote below, the core of Darling’s songwriting is honesty and ‘Tears Run Red’ is the most vulnerable that this young British artist has even been. Her authenticity is further shown a stripped-back music video which you can watch below.
“Every song I’ve ever written has truth, a personal story or about someone I care about. But this song is different. It’s my hardest time, sung in poetry. I’m so proud of what we have created with Tears Run Red. Writing music is my therapy. Having the ability to create something beautiful, out of a dark situation is like magic. This song is honest and vulnerable like nothing else I’ve ever written. The beauty of songwriting is that you discover all these emotions that you didn’t know you had. You learn so much about yourself, as well as allowing yourself to heal. If you’re someone that heals with music, I hope you find a connection with this song that allows you to do that.”
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