In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Goldfish (LIVE)” — Babé Sila
How We Found It
Babé Sila returns to give a live rendition of her latest single “Goldfish” through an email submission. She previously impressed us in our SubmitHub inbox with “Hole.” The article described the song as one setting good vibrations and positivity.
On the live version of “Goldfish”, Sila provides a feeling that is elevated in this intimate and wonderfully shot video. Coming from her latest EP, Plum, Sila doesn’t hold back the raw emotions of desire.
Releasing the project back in August, Sila said “This EP is the melting pot of all the emotions and stories I had in the past two years. A celebration of a journey, of all the sacrifices and beautiful connections I made while making the record. I’ve loved and I’ve lost and it’s all in there.” Her singing and songwriting showcased in the short project ring true to herself and how far she’s come as an artist. Get lost below.
Why We Like It
God I really miss live shows. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that intensify the experience to come. The air and atmosphere of tension waiting for an act to show up is always thick. The few drinks I’ve had get me lost in a headspace that makes the anticipation greater and your fellow patrons of the show share a comradery through a common love of the artist. Then finally, after a few misleading sound checks, the artist is there at last. That’s the feeling I miss but through some great online content by artists provided during the pandemic have remedied that feeling, a little.
Not every artist can pull off that experience but some give that intimate and exhilarating performance to remind me of those times. Babé Sila’s live rendition of “Goldfish” is one of them. I had already heard the song previously once her EP was first released a few months ago but this performance gave the song new life. Album audio versions of a song are polished, glossy renditions that are the mixed and mastered take on the original live version from recording. This video strips away that shiny, perfected version and gives me the song at its bare bone rawness. I ate it up.
The song was inspired by many years of experience with disrespectful men and through that my journey to self love and self respect. I am proud of the woman I am becoming and that it’s now someone who would never question her value or lower expectations because of a relationship/ for a man’s attention.” – Babé Sila for CentralSauce
The bass line is clear but not overpowering as it thumps with the drums to introduce Sila. She has an understated voice and delivery that’s restrained until the chorus has her sing with a passion amplified from the original version. She weaves in and out of her emotions under a quilt that paints her fiery passion of want that she feels she deserves. Desire and want are the cornerstones of the lyrics. Sila said “the song revolves around female sensuality and desire and speaks of the power of unapologetically voicing our needs.” It’s as bright and beautiful as the candles on her fingertips. It’s a glow that’s refreshing yet homely as she realizes what she wants to make her feel whole.
I felt that sensitive prick of my eardrums with each chord and melody. It was hypnotizing and I welcomed the auditory pleasure before me. It made me want a live show even more. As we continue through this situation that is a global pandemic, my anticipation for live shows increases but knowing artists are giving me content like this makes me appreciate them and their effort to satiate my appetite for musical togetherness. Babé Sila is one to watch as she continues to give me that experience similar to COLORS but of her own accord.
From Babé Sila
We dreamed up a big video concept with 3 Hungarian female creatives — Aliz Veronika Acs, Eszter Takacs, and Dora Riederauer — for Goldfish and we decided that we would release a tiny part of it as a live video. We shot it at our friends’ wonderful studio, Holiday Budapest, and the shoot was kinda magical itself. As I listened to the instrumental in my ears to record the audio the team was sitting in silence while I sang the song in the hazy orangey lights. Recording the burning nails was also a lot of fun — the mua, Aliz Varga, prepared four sets of burnable fake nails and they would only burn for ten seconds till the fire got to my actual nails. We recorded it three times just to get enough footage of it.” – Babé Sila for CentralSauce
More From Babé Sila
To stay updated with Babé Sila, you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook. You can listen to the latest EP, Plum to get lost into her. I personally recommend the nighttime jam, “Moonlight.” It’s deliciously smooth and decadent in its performance and even has a video for it.
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