With the release of her acclaimed, multi-platinium debut effort, five years ago, Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue quickly became a household name across the European Union. The Belgian singer/songwriter’s forthcoming, long-awaited sophomore effort Reason is slated for a June 3, 2016 release through renowned Parisian label Because Music, the label home of Justice, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christine and the Queens and others, and the material on the forthcoming effort retains the immediacy and uncluttered quality of her debut but manages to be much more elaborate and ethereal as sonically the material meshes elements of electro soul, electro pop, trip hop and house music. As Selah Sue explains in press notes, “I didn’t want my voice to be alone anymore.”
“Alone,” Reasons‘ latest single pairs the Belgian singer/songwriter’s effortlessly sultry and soulful vocals with a slick and swaggering pop production consisting of a sinuous bass line, stuttering and skittering beats, kick snare and Nile Rodgers-like guitar in a song that manages to be simultaneously proud, playful and melancholy; in some way, the song will have you questioning if the song’s narrator is relieved to be alone and ready to move on with her life or if she’s devastated by the end of the relationship at the center of the song — and ultimately that’s up to your interpretation. In some way that shouldn’t be surprising as Selah Sue explained to the folks at Noisey “Love is definitely the most important and beautiful thing in life. The flip side is fear of losing it. loneliness and all the thoughts it brings when it fades: That’s what ‘Alone’ is about. Sad words in a groovy jacket.”
The recently released music video features a 60s bouffant wearing Selah Sue in a black jumpsuit strutting, dancing and being fierce throughout. Fittingly slick visuals with a slickly produced song, indeed.