's big moment is coming. The young Los Angeles based indie-pop R&B artist has been hard at work on her upcoming self-titled debut EP and is ready to give it to the world. New to the game, r.e.l. wrote her first song only a little over a year ago. Honing her craft by playing shows in LA, r.e.l. built a world of hazy synths, catchy melodies, and quotable hooks to give her an audience eager for her to release her own work. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the upcoming EP is sure to catch the attention of the mainstream while getting stuck in the heads of many listeners. The dream-pop sensation is similar to Lorde
, but brings her own inimitable vibe.
"Headed for the Sun" backs up that statement. The upbeat jam is certainly less capricious than Lorde's music. In fact, r.e.l. sounds like she is having fun. Over a synthesized pop instrumental, r.e.l. displays a masterful vocal prowess. Hitting different ranges easily, she layers the song with her background vocals before exploding into the instantly memorable, "We're headed for the sun, all systems go/ship's about to blow." r.e.l. is chastising a lover for "keeping score" but she isn't condemning his behavior. Her understanding is apparent, and that shows in the video. Displaying two lovers sitting in a tent staring longingly at each other, the scene is cut into by r.e.l. dancing slowly as well as a close up of her face highlighted by different lights. r.e.l. seems ready for the stardom and is 'headed for the sun' but it doesn't appear her lover is ready for that. When she has to make the choice, her decision is obvious. She walks away as the beat continues to build to a crescendo only to suddenly fizzle out, leaving the listener wanting more.
Check out the song below and get ready for r.e.l.'s upcoming self-titled EP slated to be released May 2015.