Australian singer-songwriter Vanessa Elisha is on a roll right now. After the release of her Drake cover ‘Good Ones Go’, this tormented track ‘Dark & Lonely’ gives us an insight into the inner workings of her mind. Once again joining forces with producer XXYYXX makes for another stellar collaboration. Vanessa has a unique quality to her work, not only in production value, but also in her vocals. There’s a familiarity to her sound that allows you to connect with her powerful lyrics and visualise the narrative as it unfolds.
I met Marcel (XXYYXX) a couple of years back through Twitter and we haven’t stopped making music together since. I sent him ‘Dark & Lonely’ and asked if he wanted to work on it, and he literally got a beat back to me the next day. It’s really easy with us, we kind of just get each other’s sound.
This future wave of dark R&B has certainly found a place with Vanessa, and although she is a strong woman, the title suggests something much deeper. ‘Dark & Lonely’ is in a way an apology song, where you can feel the hurt and hear the pain, but the question is, who is she apologising to? Herself? A lover? A friend?
The song itself can mean a bunch of different things to different people. For me, it’s about being comfortable as an introverted loner, and the judgement that comes from that. It’s about changing moods, changing tides, pushing people away, bringing them back in, being happy in loneliness, being sad in loneliness – the ramblings of a girl trying to figure her shit out really.