A small, gentle drum pattern sits behind “BKLYNLDN” (Brooklyn London), the incredibly effective new single from English synthpop artist Shura. And it’s simplicity which defines this new offering, giving Shura a swooning backdrop for her remarkably delicate performance, illustrated by the embrace of two women in a blue-tinged music video.
The song’s visuals are inseparable from the romantic single, said to be inspired by “The Kiss”, which is a marble sculpture by famed French artist Auguste Rodin, depicting a nude couple in an intimate embrace. Replacing the man-woman of the original with two women falls in line with the video’s description, which states that the intention is to “challenge the viewer to see the true essence of romantic love between two people, no matter the gender”.
Shura was recently signed to American-based indie label Secretly Canadian, with “BKLYNLDN” being her first release backed by them.