Track of the Day: LIV LI “Silence” (2020)

Canberra’s flourishing electro-pop artist, LIV LI also known as Amber Nichols has released her latest single “Silence”. Her breakthrough single “Told You” reached over half a million streams and “Silence” is her final single before she endeavors into her upcoming EP, Who We Are, later this August.

The track illustrates a dreamy and enchanting atmosphere that captivates us immediately with her breathtaking vocals. Combined with earthy and hypnotic beats, the single transforms into an edgy electro-alt-pop sensation. As it gets more difficult to unplug in today’s society, LIV LI’s explains the inspiration behind the song is to encapsulate the notion of being present and letting go of distractions.

“I found myself without a phone the other day and as a result I was alone with my thoughts for the first time in a long time. It was an uncomfortable feeling at first. My mind was left to wander. To explore. Unfiltered. It made me realise that every spare moment I have I had been filling it with information. Useless and irrelevant information. I walked down a busy street, my head up, I had new eyes. I saw people in restaurants and cafes, their heads buried in their phones and their eyes reflecting the bright lights of their screens. It made me hate myself and what I had become.

I walked through the night in silence, at peace, thoughts drifting in and out. Contemplating. Reflecting. Breathing. Listening. Hoping. Waiting. Being. It inspired a decision to change. To be less plugged in. To look up. To be present. To be here. To take control of what I allow in. To stop the mindless scrolling. Of course I am a work in progress and as the pandemic continues and find ourselves looking for more ways to interact, socialise, and keep up to date with rapidly changing information. I fear we’ve become more plugged in than ever. Which in turn means more addicted and more isolated than ever. ”

Who We Are will be released on August 20, 2020.

You can keep up to date with LIV LI on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Danica Jones

Writer for the AU Review, a lover of books, poetry, good food, travel and adventure. Follow her personal instagram @danicaarajones or her poetry instagram @danicajoneswrites