On October 15th, esmerelda, the alt-pop artist hailing from London, releases her new single ‘I’m Not A Princess I’m A God’, co-produced by BROOKFIELD (Charli XCX, Anne Marie) and electronic artist Sølv. ‘I’m Not A Princess I’m A God’ is the first single, to be taken from esmerelda’s concept EP ‘medusa was innocent’ set for release early 2022.
‘I’m Not A Princess I’m A God’ constructs a sense of ethereal, celestial space through atmospheric synths and vocal harmonies. esmerelda establishes a mesmerising alternative pop sound, using elements like distorted bass and cinematic drums, whilst her haunting vocal dissects the complexities of female empowerment.
esmerelda said about the single “‘I’m Not A Princess I’m A God’ is about being presumed fragile and passive but having this burning need for power and control. Being a feminine-presenting person, people can implicitly think of you as dependent on men and patriarchal figures….The princess, the damsel in distress who needs saving. The song rejects that narrative, whilst indulging the cheeky god complex I’ve got brewing under here! As much as it is a song about female empowerment, I also wanted it to include edges of this dark megalomania.”
esmerelda is 23-year-old British-Afghan artist, songwriter and producer AKA Charlotte Samady. The artist released her debut EP ‘Nostalgia’ in 2018 under the moniker LUNA, which garnered support from the likes of BBC Introducing London, Earmilk, CLOUT and Spotify’s ‘New Pop Revolution’ playlist. Since then, the artist has evolved sonically to stamp her mark on the music scene as esmerelda, using conceptual worlds to dissect her experiences, and provide an escapist outlet for herself and her listeners to process feelings of isolation and heartbreak.
The artist began her route into music as child, writing poetry and lyrics as well as teaching herself how to play guitar, resulting in a series of acoustic folk tracks inspired by the likes of Laura Marling.
At 18 she started an internship with Beggars Group at Young (fka Young Turks) working with iconic electronic acts like The xx and FKA Twigs, which opened up a whole new world of electronic music and production. Today, esmerelda takes influence from the likes of FKA Twigs, LCD Soundsystem, Marina and Lana Del Rey to name but a few.
‘I’m Not A Princess I’m A God’ is the first track from esmerelda’s concept EP ‘medusa was innocent’, which uses the framework of Greek Mythology and the character Medusa to deconstruct the artist’s contemporary reality as a young woman.
Praise for esmerelda/Luna
“Forest Song” is an atmospheric heartfelt song that dwells on coming to terms with the past and moving on. – EARMILK
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