By Emma Page
Sofia Gillani, an upcoming singer/songwriter born and raised in London, has released her newest fiery single, “Flames,” and its accompanying video on June 30.
Gillani began her musical career at just 9 years old, starring as a lead in the musical Evita. Since 2020, she has released five songs, each with their own videos, and her latest single before “Flames”–“Water Run Dry”–has been featured by BBC Introducing.
“Flames” is paired with “Water Run Dry” to “amplify the message of natural change and karma.” Gillani uses the metaphor of using flames to extinguish something as an “extinguisher of disbelief”. “It eliminates obstacles (as mentioned in the first few lines) and showcases the progression of Sofia Gillani expressing herself into the next era of courage and development, whilst foreshadowing an even heavier, stronger, and wiser climax.”
In “Flames,” Gillani demonstrates her impressive vocal range. Her voice is strong, which makes sense when singing cutthroat lyrics such as “I know that I’m gonna strive by burning alive”. She encapsulates the struggles that come along with facing change.
The video concept centers around Gillani’s house burning down, yet she refuses to leave, even though people are banging on the windows, begging her to. It demonstrates that she will not back down from the strife she knows she must encounter. The song sets the tone for the video’s orange fog.
Gillani directly addresses the issues that we all face in life, most of all being the consequences of certain actions. “There is no escape from the sacrifices we made, and this song is here to glorify it. It burns misconceptions, and paves a way for Sofia, through the ashes she breathed in during ‘Other Side’, the games she ignored from ‘Ain’t a game’, the patience she had during ‘Waiting for you’ and the persistence even when it got tough from ‘Water Run Dry’.”
This summer, Gillani is set to play at numerous events, including Luton Pride. “Flames” is a passionate must-listen track that will show the world that Gillani can emerge from any fire.
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
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