Sonia Stein creates the sort of songs that are full of drama and emotional complexities, songs that work their way into your subconscious and never let go. Her dreamy R&B-inspired synthpop single ‘One Of Those Things’ – produced by Liam Howe (FKA Twigs, Adele) & co-written with Hannah Robinson (Lana Del Rey, Zara Larsson) – is a luxurious, slow-burn journey through Stranger Things’ 80s balladry and the effervescent Roland 808.
Her debut release via Marathon Artists, the neon-noir inspired video for ‘One Of Those Things’ was shot in Warsaw by director Aaron Bevan-Bailey, whom Stein describes as wanting to achieve “…a Tokyo meets Warsaw look but we quickly realised Warsaw is the least neon city in the world and the signs they did have all switched off at 7pm. Anyone with a keen eye who speaks Polish will recognise that I am actually dancing outside a bakery at one point but the sign fitted our colour palette perfectly so we went with it.”
Despite a fairly restless upbringing of traversing across continents (Berlin, Poland, and America to name but a few), the music Sonia Stein creates is beautifully anchored. Quietly determined, she creates the sort of songs that are full of drama and emotional complexities, describing ‘One Of Those Things’ as being about, “The stage of denial at the end of a relationship with someone or something. You hold onto it out of comfort and fear, hoping if you wait a little longer, some semblance of what you had in the first place will show up again.”
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