Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sarah Hudson released today a lyric video for her new track, "Voices," featuring found footage from a leather daddy dance party set against trippy technolor "crystal vision." The pounding song is lifted off Hudson's breakout six-track EP, Songs from the Sea, which she dropped today after premiering on OUT last month its lead single "Gypsy Girl."
"'Voices' is about my battle with anxiety and how hopeless it feels in that earthly moment of a panic attack," Hudson said about the track, which she co-wrote with longtime collaborator Ferras. "I have been in therapy since I was 13 and to me, this song is like a groundhog day of me talking to my therapist. I wanted the track to illustrate this driving, repetitive feeling and I also wanted to have a track that alluded to my past of dance music."
Co-produced by Nico Stadi and Brillz, "Voices" features one of Hudson's favorite lyrics ever: "I've relied on cults of psychology, one more dose to change my anatomy," she sings on the dreamy bridge. "I've heard there's a place of serenity, legend says it lives inside of me, but I can't find it anywhere," she growls, as the track builds into a monstrous, aggressive breakdown--the perfect complement for scenes of sweaty men dancing in leather harnesses and police caps. Watch, below.
Where "Voices" is sonically designed for faded 3 AM escapades, Songs from the Sea, as a whole, is much more intimate and nuanced, featuring production that builds a bridge between Enya and the Beatles. Hudson's lyrics are among the most poetic in contemporary pop, offering personal stories about love, identity and insecurity, all of which she first began writing for this EP 5 years ago. When she wasn't working on her own music, Hudson was busy co-penning some of radio's biggest hits, from Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" to Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow."
EP opener "Mermaid," sees Hudson swimming through a Little Mermaid-like love story. "I'd follow you across the ocean, I'd shake like a tidal wave, I'd brave a haunted ghost ship, the sea in me would rage," she sings triumphantly, as the track breaks into a soaring synth-led chorus. On "Black Crow," Hudson reflects on resisting a lover above dense, dramatic production, while "Gypsy Girl" is a bit more tongue-in-cheek: "Give 'em hell in Chanel," she sings on the acapella cut. Hudson's walls crash down on "Love Me This Way," as she questions whether God will accept her at heaven's gates, despite being "covered in scars." The final track, "Wildflowers," is a simple, effective dedication to her lover. "When it's time for Kingdom come and everything is said and done, you're a part of me," she concludes.