By Frank Bell
A velvety smooth offering from the London-based singer-songwriter, Appolonie is a vision on Stranger, and the accompanying visuals radiate her natural cool.
Swirling with spaced out riffs, shimmering piano melodies and hazy percussion, the track encompasses a groove that is sultry and striking. The Anglo-French artist’s laid-back vocals weave between soft and soulful tempos, as she blends classic R&B with her own unique modern flair.
Elaborating on the inspirations behind the song, Appolonie explains “I wrote this song when I first moved to London to study Jazz at the Guildhall. The lyric ‘Stranger in the nightʼ is a homage to Frank Sinatra’s famous song and to the genre that I was studying at the time. The song is essentially about a one-night stand, but there is also a parallel with my experience of being a stranger in a new city and in turn how that city, London, felt like a stranger to me”.
The visuals were shot in Marseilles and directed by Florian LaLanne, showcasing Appolonie lit up in pink and purple hues. It reflects her breezy approach as an artist – the video the perfect mix of arresting and relaxed. After graduating from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Appolonie has gone from strength to strength. Since the release of her debut EP in 2018, she has developed a sound that also borrows from jazz and neo-soul, and we can’t wait for what she has to offer.
With Stranger available to stream across all platforms now, Appolonie is a name to keep an eye on this year.