Photography: Carly Foulkes
Most people know vōx from her haunting Kendrick Lamar cover, but it’s her new EP, I Was Born, that has real staying power. Dark and romantic yet undeniably catchy, the record fuses the singer’s pop sensibility with something deeper, more enchanting. Drawing previous comparisons to indie-pop darlings, Lorde and Banks, on I Was Born, vōx sets herself apart. Through soaring hooks and chill-inducing harmonies, the singer delves deep into the corners of her own psyche, exploring anxiety, depression and the healing power of art. Part pop, part ANOHNI, I Was Born is more than just a good debut for the L.A.-based artist. With stunning vocals and even better lyrics, it’s a spiritual experience.
Listen to the BULLETT premiere of I Was Born, and get to know vōx, below.
On her sound: vōx means voice in Latin—my sound is very vocal heavy. I love layered harmonies and vocoder. Hip-hop is also a huge inspiration for the drums and the beats that I am drawn to.
On the EP: I Was Born is the story of personal rebirth. It’s naked; it’s vulnerable—leaving your past behind to serve a bigger purpose can be painful or lonely. But the most powerful thing you can do is change.
On her lyrics: I wanted to start at the core of myself—the EP touches on my anxiety and self-doubt, the ways I’ve changed and how I’ve found my power. […] I like if you’re uncomfortable—that means it’s really affecting you.
On her purpose: My ultimate goal is to give back—I want to share the power I’ve found through expression. When I was a teenager, music was honestly the only healing thing for me. I was deeply depressed, even to the point of thinking about suicide, but the music I was listening to gave me hope. So if I can give even one person hope through my art, then I’ve really truly succeeded.