Melbourne producer and singer Mo•Louie’s getting ready to release her new single, Awake, a song that is a long time coming. Originally written four years ago alongside Phoebe Gunson and Ven X, Mo recently revisited the song and added new instrumentation from Moses Carr. She also incorporated her own additional production and mixing to give the song a truly personal touch.
Mo wrote the song to convey how she feels when she can't stop her mind racing, and the song's pulsating production emulates the feeling of lying awake in bed, unable to rest. Her vocals glide over the track's shadowy beat, while a pitched-down voice sings "I lie awake" on repeat, much like the thoughts that play on loop throughout a sleepless night. We're excited to be premiering the track right now!
The visualiser for the track reflects Awake's late-night aesthetic, featuring Mo amongst a myriad of lit candles. Falling asleep is often easier said than done, and the video further illustrates the frustration that comes when you're unable to put your mind at ease. It's amazing what the mind remembers when it's time to rest.
Speaking about the track, Mo reveals, "The message is something I think everyone can relate to, and that is having an overthinking mind so much so that you cannot sleep. Personally, I have an extremely overthinking mind that keeps me awake a lot. It can be anything from planning an artistic project to me catastrophising a situation that happened that day. All these thoughts surface at night for me.
"On a deeper level, I had a major depressive episode (psychosis) where I suffered from severe sleep deprivation and started hallucinating. I felt like I was living in a dark, scary, fantasy world and that time in my life was extremely frightening. I wanted to reclaim that experience and turn it into art. That is why the artwork and the press shots for this release are really dark and moody as I wanted to reflect that.”
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You can check out Awake above. If you've ever spent a night staring at the ceiling, then this song is a reminder that you're not the only one. It's a personal, emotive track that deftly displays Mo's ability to turn her own experiences into pop creations that will resonate with anyone that's been in a similar situation.