Toronto-based artist Adria Kain is back at it again with her single Ocean, a reprisal from a version done years ago. This track is number two on her upcoming debut album ‘When Flowers Bloom’ which is supposed to be releasing this January. The guitars that are in the background, Adria’s deep voice, and slow cadence really tugs at your heart.
“It’s beyond me how this song came full circle. I remember where I was in life when I first wrote it years ago. I knew it was a good song, not quite my favourite, but it had an important message that I think even went over my own head. I wrote it from a place of sadness. I wanted to create a voice for myself. One that I could run to whenever there was no one else. One that would create a platform big enough for me to exist in without boundaries, like the Ocean, because what’s bigger than that really.”
I love that Adria decided to come back and do this song over. It’s interesting that songs may never change, but it’ll mean different depending on the person and their recent experiences. That’s how art is. And how compelling that this concept can be applied for the one who created the particular piece of art. Experience, such from Adria, can breathe new life into something she’s done years ago. I love the track and it’s something you can just relax to as it plays.
Edit: I watched the video the day of release and the people who put the video together did an excellent job. I can see why Adria can be so conflicted. It seems as though she was happy with them both and as the viewer, I felt that. Now I have that picture in my head of what Adria may have felt writing and singing this song.
Toronto artists Adria Kain and Lelia Dey come together on this laid back grove in Classic. It was the production that really had me and racked my brain for some minutes because it reminded me of another song. Then I realized it was Changes by 2Pac. The tone created by the piano is so amazing which is backed up by the bass guitar. I’m not saying they are exactly the same, but it gets me into a similar mood.
That sound and production is fitting for the title ‘Classic’. And Adria is riding that beat so well. She gave a smooth delivery that felt buttery. Also, credit to Lelia for coming in the second verse to drop some lines. The lyrics aren’t that exciting, but vocal and musical arrangements bring the song over for me.
I wanted to create something not only for myself, but to help uplift and remind all black women that we are loved unconditionally regardless of experience and societal views, and to encourage the idea of continuing forward in all that we aim to do no matter what tries to interfere because we are classic examples of royalty and anything is a possibility. This video represents just that, two classic black women sharing special time together and uplifting one another in as many ways possible during a day in the city.
Finally, let’s talk about this music video. It’s just a POV shot from beginning to end and it threw me off at first. However, I liked it. It was unique and I appreciate seeing a video shot this ay, It was just a day-in-a-life type of deal and it was just relaxing as the song’s production and theme. I also want to say I peeped the Kung Fu Tea, the best commercial tea spot known to man (Not an official endorsement). Also Adria grabbed the mask before leaving out. You still gotta protect yourself out there.
I love the entire project and really like the song.
By the way, I’m still on my paternity break from the blog. So don’t expect any regular updates for a while. But it does feel good to do a little typing.