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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: fry. – “Retrograde”

fry. RetrogradeIn this new entry in our ‘Diamonds In The Rough’ category, we would like to introduce you to upcoming artist fry. and her brand new single titled “Retrograde”.

Yemima Frian, better known by her stage name fry., has returned with her much-anticipated fourth single, “Retrograde.” This powerful track is a prelude to her forthcoming EP, Crush Complex, set to drop in 2024. “Retrograde” is a heartfelt exploration of the cyclical nature of relationships, encapsulated beautifully in fry.’s distinctive style.

The Essence of “Retrograde”

“Retrograde” delves into the feeling of moving backward instead of forward in a relationship, especially when conflicts arise. The title is inspired by the astrological phenomenon where a planet appears to move backward in its orbit, symbolizing a period of retraction and obstructed communication. In relationships, this retrograde motion mirrors the moments of regression during fights, where understanding falters, and every exchange seems to deepen the rift rather than heal it.

The song’s inception came from a personal experience of conflict, where fry. realized that during arguments, words often lose their meaning and intent. This raw emotion is captured poignantly in the opening verse, “Saying words with no meaning. Can’t remember why we’re fighting.” Another standout lyric, “Your words are underwater,” perfectly illustrates how communication becomes distorted and ineffective during such times, akin to trying to listen underwater.

Collaborative Magic and Musical Influences

The magic of “Retrograde” was brought to life through a collaboration with producers Sekar Astiari and Tabitha Atmodjo, under the maniasonic. banner. Drawing inspiration from artists like The Internet and SZA, the song’s production emphasizes a melodic bass that intertwines seamlessly with fry.’s vocals, telling the story with every beat. The strong percussion represents the realization and clarity that eventually pierces through the confusion.

Sekar and Tabitha’s production expertise added layers of depth to the track. Tabitha’s guitar contributions imbue the song with a sexy, chill vibe, while Sekar’s intricate kick and hat patterns on the drums, coupled with a variety of synths, enrich the sonic landscape. The intro’s café ambiance sets the stage for a reflective and intimate listening experience, while the ambient vocals in the bridge provide a soothing, almost ethereal interlude.

An Invitation to Reflect

“Retrograde” is more than just a song; it’s an invitation to introspect during those challenging phases of a relationship. It resonates deeply with anyone who has ever questioned the dynamics of their partnership after a series of conflicts, contemplating a break to prevent further damage. The track encourages listeners to pause, reflect, and perhaps find clarity in the midst of emotional turmoil.

About fry.

Yemima Frian, performing under the name fry., hails from Jakarta, Indonesia. Her musical journey began as a choir kid and evolved through various forms, from bands to orchestras. Now, fry. channels her experiences and stories into her solo work, crafting songs that blend groovy R&B with heartfelt, introspective lyrics. Influenced by artists like FLO, Aaliyah, and H.E.R, fry. creates a sound that is both nostalgic and refreshingly contemporary.

As fry. continues to share her unique voice and perspective with the world, “Retrograde” stands as a testament to her growth as an artist and her ability to capture the complexities of human relationships through music. Don’t miss out on this evocative track and stay tuned for the release of her EP, Crush Complex, in 2024.

Listen to the song below:

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