Fee Lion (real name: Justina Kairyte) is learning to embrace her darkness through "On Me," an alluring piece of bedroom pop from the rising Chicago-based artist. She describes the track as "a dare, a provocation, a dangerous curiosity"—attitude that's fully reflected in Fee Lion's airy, swirling vocals and ominous electronic production.
"I wrote this song while stuck in a prolonged period of deep apathy and darkness." Fee Lion says. "It reflects my own battle with myself to find excitement. Similarly, the video portrays a hologram perpetually stuck in a simple, mundane loop. Towards the end, a mutation causes the system to flash, glitch and writhe in distortion. So often we confuse a glitch for malfunction, darkness for corruption, viruses for demise. To me, they are simply challenges one must accept in order to grow."
The "On Me" visual speaks to Fee Lion's local, hands-on approach to creating pop music. With assistance from collaborator Vincent Naples, she executed the video's entire concept, art direction and editing—she also wore an iconic sculptural look from Chicago-based designers An Authentic Skid Mark and Eda Yorulmazoglu. It's simple yet completely effective, as Fee Lion spins into a chaotic, computerized downfall—relatable, really.
Watch the OUT premiere of Fee Lion's "On Me," below.