Despite its playful vocal melody and eclectic, Eastern-inspired instrumentation, there’s a sadness that runs throughout “Hits,” the latest from Israeli electronic artist Totemo. There’s a good reason for that, she explains. Her new EP, Desire Path, was written over the last year and a half, a time in which she was struggling with cancer.
“‘Hits’ is about the conflicts arising with the people around me with regards to my illness,” she says, which, based on the lyrics, don’t sound like they were all that great. “In my mind, you’re the very essence of the present future, celebrating your indifference,” she sings. Nonetheless, she found solace in her music.
“Writing these songs comforted me, and allowed me to better understand and share my experience,” she says. Listen to the BULLETT premiere, below: