Sydney pop artist Zhuli is getting ready to release her debut track, IKEA, and we're premiering the track right now! The track uses the metaphor of furniture assembly to illustrate why it's important to know your value, and why you need to make sure you're taking care of yourself. Produced by Harry James, the track's light, glimmering production will get you ready to take on the world, which is something we all need from time to time.
Zhuli's inspired by the likes of Charli XCX, Tinashe and Ariana Grande, and takes her artist name from the book Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which Madeleine Thien wrote about China's Cultural Revolution. In the book, Zhuli is a prodigal music student, who faces trouble when the revolution began. The name is partly a tribute to Zhuli's mum, who faced a similar situation.
Her vocals on IKEA are designed to hype you up, and they certainly do the trick. It's a pop song that'll give you a burst of energy when you need it most, especially if you're staring down the barrel of a situation where someone isn't treating you the way you deserve.
Speaking about the track, Zhuli says, “The concept for IKEA came from my friend who had an experience with a guy that didn't want to go down on her because ‘I just don't do that’. This story came up in a writing session and Harry (my co-writer/producer) had this beat that radiated this fun, hype-my-bitch-up kind of vibe, so we wanted to write something that expressed this frustration while also seeing the funny side of it.
"If you’ve ever spent hours assembling something from IKEA just to find you have a screw left over at the end and have to start over, then you can probably get something out of this song.” We've definitely been there - some of those manuals leave us feeling very confused.
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Check out IKEA above, and turn it up loud. It'll make you feel like the most important person in the world - which is how everyone should feel!