Putting together the album Ghosts took a bit longer than she thought it might, Dhy Berry, aka Boston’s indie/dance/electronic/funk/pop act Radclyffe Hall says. Many of the songs, like the darkly emotive, brooding, and engaging “Stars” were written a couple of years ago. But Berry was juggling grad school—which isn’t surprising as the band is named after the English poet, an influential figure in lesbian literature after all—and trying to maintain her creative energy.
“I felt like I was always split and I feel like a lot of the songs pull on that theme of duality, fulfilling this role of obligation and then wanting to do or be something else,” she says.
Nonetheless, “Rather Be,” a sort of blend of post-punk instrumentation and hazier electronic production, came about pretty quickly. “I had this week of musical creativity and was still struggling with going through the motions of school and wanting to basically not do it anymore and wanting to kind of give up. Somehow through that struggle, I got a song out of it,” she says. “Managed to graduate from school as well.”
Ghosts is out June 7. Hear more from the band, here.
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