German singer-songwriter BOWIE is illustrating radical self-love with her new single, “Pale.” This is BOWIE’s second single of the year, following the pop single “Xo” for her upcoming concept EP, “THE UPSIDE DOWN,” set for release on November 25.
BOWIE’s career as a singer, songwriter, and musician proves that she is a force to be reckoned with. Growing up as the child of two musicians, she has known about performing her entire life. Besides her career as a self-made artist, founder of a record label, and a keyboardist for BOSSE, she is also a mother of two, with one on the way.
“Pale” is an incredibly impressive indie-pop song that explores BOWIE’s “emancipation as a woman and person.” The single was written by BOWIE, produced with NAKED CAT (106Hz Studios, Hamburg), and mixed by Grammy winner Ryan Gilligan (Los Angeles). Just like the lyrics themselves, the song takes the listener on a journey of defining self-worth.
As the second single from her debut concept EP, “Pale” is an intimate and sweeping pop tune. It starts out like a lullaby but quickly turns into a powerful and overwhelming orchestral, with horns, rumbling drums, and a huge gospel choir. Her voice is reminiscent of Sia or Florence and the Machine, but the songwriting might appeal to fans of Agnes Obel or Feist. Even more impressive, “Pale” was recorded live as a one-take. The song definitely illustrates her mission working as an artist: to empower minorities to express their individuality in the music industry.
“I don’t like it when people judge other people by their looks, because of stereotypes, clichés and old images they grew up with,” wrote BOWIE. “As for me, nothing kills individuality more than categorizing. I’ve always been super pale and therefore people did often treat me like a soft, weak and sweet girl, they thought to be unwell or who didn’t eat enough.”
Fans of Agnes Obel, Florence + the Machine, and Ashe should check out BOWIE’s new single “Pale” available on your favorite streaming platform. Listen to this song and other great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture on Spotify.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
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