Malaysian singer-songwriter Lunadira’s latest offering, ‘BITTER’ is a haunting melody intertwined with captivating lyrics that resonate with anyone who has grappled with the inner turmoil of fears and insecurities.
The track from her upcoming album, ‘i’ll be alright, right?‘ stands out as an ominous, alt-rock anomaly within an otherwise sweet and sultry collection of tracks.
Lunadira’s BITTER beckons listeners into her emotional turbulence, carving out a space for introspection and empathy.
In a manner reminiscent of her album’s title track, ‘i’ll be alright, right?,’ BITTER takes us on a rollercoaster journey through self-deprecation, all against an ethereal soundscape that’s accentuated by gritty guitar riffs and an eerie string ensemble.
Listening to this song is like savoring a dark chocolate truffle – it leaves you with an empty shell, devoid of any soul or feeling.
After her successful second appearance at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Sydney, Lunadira’s self-reflection has seeped into her songs, mirroring the challenges we all encounter as we navigate a new and intimidating phase of life.
Since then she has captivated audiences with her vibrant performance of “GO SLOW” on the COLORS stage, proudly representing Malaysia.
Lunadira also graced the stage at SXSW in Austin, Texas, as part of the Jaded & Balming Tiger showcase.
Notably, she recently showcased her talent at the Good Vibes Festival in Kuala Lumpur, sharing the spotlight with international artists such as Sabrina Carpenter, NxWorries, and Daniel Caesar.
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lunadira’s musical journey began like that of many of her peers – posting earnest covers on the internet.
However, her breakthrough came with her first original track, “Forever’s Not Our Thing,” which propelled her from anonymity to recognition.
Following this initial success, Lunadira’s collaborative EP with Reddi Rocket, ‘Tangerine,’ burst onto the scene in 2020, garnering considerable fanfare.
The EP’s buoyant lead single, “Hoodie,” quickly became a fan favorite, further expanding her listener base. The wide-eyed sweetness of ‘Tangerine’ was only the beginning of Lunadira’s evolution as an artist.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a personal reckoning for Lunadira, sharpening her creative edge and leading her to a heightened self-awareness.
Emerging from the pandemic, she was a woman still grappling with existential questions, using songwriting as her primary mode of catharsis.
Lunadira’s forthcoming debut album, ‘i’ll be alright, right?,’ is a testament to her emotional depth and growth as an artist.
It showcases her weariness with a thin veil of hope, interwoven with a familiar melancholia that’s both heavy to feel and easy to groove to.
Balancing on this tightrope exemplifies her mastery of diverse genres and moods, making her music eclectic, moving, fun, and sultry.
By boldly confessing her sense of being unmoored, Lunadira endears herself to her fans. Just like the rest of us, she doesn’t have all the answers.
Through her introspection, she lays bare the parts of ourselves that also struggle, inviting us to question whether we’ll be alright.
In a world inundated with music that often feels superficial, Lunadira’s BITTER and her upcoming album i’ll be alright, right? promise a refreshing and emotionally charged experience.
Her journey through self-discovery, infused with grunge and alt-rock influences, resonates deeply with Gen Z music lovers who are seeking authenticity and raw emotion in their music.
As Lunadira continues to evolve as an artist, we can’t help but wonder where her musical odyssey will take us next.
Cover image sourced from Lunadira’s Music Video