I waited patiently with eager ears last week as up-and-coming artist, Skela, counted down the days till the release of her latest track, “Church on Fire,” on her Facebook page. I’ve been a fan of hers for about a year now, and not just because we follow each other on Instagram and she so kindly hits the “like” button every so often, but because she has the vocal prowess of an angel goddess, and a sound that is both unique and captivating.
The new track, a song about illumination, was inspired by a tattoo on an ex-boyfriend’s arm. In a conversation I had with Skela about the song, she noted, “We just wanted to hit people in the gut with this one.” The song “became more of an to ode to ugly truths hitting the air and being able to breathe a little easier after it.”
When I asked Skela, who described the song as “soulful pop,” how she feels the track can be best enjoyed, she advised,”I envision it starting to play the second you step off the train onto the platform. You’ve had a shitty day, a really shitty day, someone made you feel small or tried to tell you that you couldn’t do something. And you hear that person’s words in your head and that annoying voice is drowned out by ‘Church on Fire.’ I want it to drown out people’s self-doubt or anxiety and give them a little mojo.”
Skela says she draws most her inspiration from literature (she told me that Henry Miller has been number one lately), and this shows in her artistry. Her songs play to more than just the ear, but also the soul.
I’m more than certain this girl is going places, and so happy I get to witness the journey from afar.