With everyone and their extra niece doing throwback/future r&b now, it’s easy to take it for granted. But when it’s done well, it’s a reminder why the form is one we keep going back to again and again. “Medicine,” by Melbourne‐based electro‐pop artist Aeora is a case in point. The song, the first from her forthcoming EP Alt, is a case study in tension between the electronic production, and the earned-emotion of the vocal. “I blame it on the medicine,” she sings. “All the crying, all the lying. Yeah, I blame it on the medicine.”
There are any number of ways you can interpret that metaphor, but most of us have experienced some form of that scapegoating at one point or another. For her part, Aeora, aka Lisa Spencer, says it’s about an actual illness that effected a close friend.
“During this time, all I wanted to do was cry and scream, but I worked through it by writing this song,” Spencer explains. “It was really cool, I got to work with a producer for the first time too, Owen Rabbit, he made it transition from this quite emotional sound to this really powerful song.”
Listen to more from her, here.