Raphaella dreams up an escape on melancholic new single Imagine

The songwriter and producer comes through with her first taste of original music this year.

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You might not know it but you’ve heard Raphaella‘s music before. A producer, writer and singer in her own right, the British-Persian artist has had a hand in hits by everyone from Gorgon City to MIST. She’s also composed music for BBC Radio 4. Raphaella is one of the industries most in-demand producers and writers at the moment but that hasn’t stopped her working on her own music as well.

Today she’s premiering her latest single ‘Imagine’ with Notion. A melancholic take on her signature analogue-led sound it sees Raphaella lament the end of a relationship over stuttering synths and understated piano, her voice, tinged with autotune, soaring over the self-produced instrumental. Speaking about the track Raphaella said “I wrote ‘Imagine’ when I got back from a writing trip in Sweden, I’d just had my heart broken and locked myself in my studio in North London. For me, songwriting’s like therapy and it’s the place I go to escape; when I wrote ‘Imagine’ I think it was me actually saying that out loud. For three and a half minutes I could escape and imagine that maybe in another life things would have been different.

“I’m a massive analogue lover, so I sat at my Juno-106 and improvised the verse and then just layered piano lines over each other as I literally had just got my piano tuned (it was out of tune for years!). I really wanted to go back to the root of why I loved songwriting to begin with – which is the magic of real instruments, that silence between chords when it’s just you and your thoughts and produced the whole thing mainly in audio and outboard analogue gear.” Listen to ‘Imagine’ below. 

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