London based pop artist Duchess has recently shared her single Close which has been described a being “like a warm hug with a loved one” – a sentiment that really resonates at this time.
Although this notion was purely accidental when Duchess announced the track earlier this month, she hopes that it gives some extra comfort to listeners in lockdown, as she explains: “I wanted to represent a connection that is so deep that being close isn’t close enough! I’m hoping people will listen to my track and enjoy a moment of closeness with loved ones. Especially during this unpredictable time where the world has to unite and remain safe at home, missing our loved ones.”
Mixing classic pop song writing with cutting edge production has become a hallmark of Duchess’ output to date, and her continual collaboration with producer and co-writer Patch Boshell has resulted a deeply intimate vocal which echoes the personal sentiment of the subject at hand, with lyrics that convey a devotion in a relationship. Early support has come in the shape of Spotify who added it their New Pop UK playlist, which is a great sign for the burgeoning artist.
Social and female issues are a driving force behind her music – her previous track Breathe was created to help raise awareness for domestic violence cases and she champions the importance of expression from a strong and confident female’s POV, tackling issues such as bullying, body image and mental health. As well as receiving plaudits as a solo artist, she has also written for other artists, with two of her tracks garnering a Billboard.com premiere and topping 1 million streams on Spotify. We’re looking forward to more music for the rising starlet this year.