Coming out of Melbourne, Australia – Karen Harding kicks off this year’s song list with her latest track ‘Devil In The Mirror’. Arriving on the 17th of March, this indie-pop single takes a dual look inwards at oneself, and outwards at society and how the two intertwine.
Harding’s press team explain the main motif of this track well:
“In our modern world, we are constantly faced with images of what we should look like, how we should behave, who we should be and a bar of impossible ‘perfection’ that society expects us to live by.”
As listeners press play on the track, Harding presses play on a nostalgia fuelled sound that incorporates driving drums and an 80s concoction of bass, synth pads and binaural beats. The ‘Devil’ acts as a metaphor for the inward voice that puts an individual down. The song highlights the presence of self-doubt and a horrible feeling of inadequacy.
Although Harding’s track, mixed and mastered by Edwin Kraus, plays on a sound that echoes the 1980s – she does add a modern twist. The cover illustration for this release was designed utilising the power of AI art.
Harding herself proudly spoke of her track:
“Like so many people, I have spent so much of my life being afraid to put myself in front of a camera or for people to see the whole me. My ‘devil’ would tell me stories that I didn’t measure up or that I didn’t look how I was supposed to look. I wanted to share this song because I believe that we’re in a pandemic.. that people everywhere are striving for impossible, unreachable versions of themselves. I want them to know that they ARE good enough just by being themselves. They finally have the chance to break the mirror and conquer their devil.”