Canadian songwriter and vocalist RIELL just made her stunning full-length debut, and we have the hook-up with an exclusive first listen.
Having racked up tens of millions of streams with collabs with the likes of Coopex and German producer Besomorph, RIELL takes another huge step forward with her solo work on Paradise. On top of over a dozen singles and collabs in 2020, RIELL brings eight new tracks on the release, including features from rappers Conch and M.I.M.E. With tracks running the full spectrum from soft, upbeat future-pop to grimey and gritty, RIELL shows her mastery of all corners of the pop sound sphere.
On “Stubborn“, RIELL delivers an emotive vocal performance over cascading synths and future-bass inspired vocal chops. The title track “Paradise” featuring M.I.M.E follows, almost as a complete paradox to the album’s name and gentler tones. The theme of escapism is heavy on the track, signaling that the conventional idea of “paradise” isn’t the only one and that there is truly beauty in the struggle. With today’s premiere, RIELL also delivers a visual for the track that’s spot on with its Halloween release. RIELL also strikes a perfect match with dramatic production and powerful vocals on tracks like “Control of Me” and “Over the Edge“, while downtempo cuts like “In the Morning” maintain a moody feel.
Yet the stellar soundscape across Paradise should be no surprise from someone of RIELL’s caliber. The internationally touring artist also claims the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition’s electronic category and first prize in the USA Songwriting Competition’s electronic category as her own. Crowning off a standout 2020 with Paradise, RIELL looks further ahead to collaborations with electronic mavens Excision and Blasterjaxx.