Estonian synth-pop riser IIRIS is sharing “Hope”, the title track from her forthcoming short-player.
Mixing her addictive vocal delivery with fantastical traptronica noises, IIRIS makes “Hope” something that’ll turn your head whiplash-quick. It’s fogged-up and strewn with soulful fragments, glittering pop shrapnel, and a few bits of wobbly dub debris – IIRIS doesn’t sit neatly in traditional genre lines, and it makes her a uniquely fascinating prospect for the future.
Speaking about the track, IIRIS says:
“‘Hope’ is about irrational lust for someone you shouldn’t want and denying it to yourself to the point of splitting yourself into two people wanting different things. It’s about a time in my life when hope was confusing. Aren’t we all just hoping that everything will go as we wish and that in the end everything would be alright? But it’s confusing to feel hope when you don’t agree with your own feelings. It’s easy to believe the thought-out world around you telling you what you think you should feel. I definitely have been one of those people who have tried to figure everything out, plan everything and stick to my honorable thought-out plans. But if we’re not in contact with our feelings then we are more vulnerable to control by someone/something else than ourselves. And I think that the human life is not only about achieving structure, but also about feeling the everlasting movement and the chaotic unknown that comes with it. I think we hurt each other way more if we at first don’t validate our own feelings. ‘Cause feelings are irrational and they will not go away even when they don’t suit our plans. How can we be in swift minimized hurtful relationships with each other when we can’t be in a relationship with ourselves first?”
“Hope” is available from 18 March, and features on IIRIS’ upcoming EP of the same name, which is out 25 March.
Earlier this year IIRIS played our new music festival with Postiljonen and Francis Lung – read our Q&A with her here.
Listen to “Hope” below.