Navigating Nostalgia with ‘Summertime’: A Glimpse into Angel Vile‘s Versatile Musical Tapestry.
Alicia Kruger, better known to her fans as Angel Vile, is not just another singer amid the noise of the music business. She captivates with her raw originality and boundless imagination.
Angel Vile’s connection to music goes back to when he was very young. Angel has been playing around with instruments and writing songs since she was a teenager, and her growth as an artist is reflected in the maturity of her sound.
When she performs, the audience can feel the intensity of her feelings, and her words sparkle with meaning.
Angel Vile draws strength from the friendship of her inner circle and utilises music as therapy to face her own struggles and transform them into universal stories. Her music appeals to a wide variety of people because of her honesty and willingness to take risks.
Angel Vile’s new single, “Summertime,” is a musical haven. The song is a lyrical reflection on a heartfelt summer relationship that encourages introspection. This album, her sixth proper release, displays her mastery in fusing the sultry tones of jazz, the heartfelt rhythms of soul, and the ethereal ambience of psychedelic rock. The unconventional jazz harmonies used by Angel provide an almost ethereal atmosphere of melancholy and uncertainty.
In fact, “Summertime” is shrouded in a nostalgic haze, which, combined with Angel’s developing voice, defies categorization. Kian Vaziri, an independent artist based in Brighton and a close friend and colleague of Angel’s, honed this interesting combination even further.
Angel Vile’s music is more than simply notes and words; it’s a window into her universe, a voyage of discovery, and an invitation to join her. And if “Summertime” is any indicator, this Birmingham chanteuse has many more fascinating chapters in her destiny yet to be revealed.
Could you tell us about the creative process behind “Summertime”?
It all started with the story I want to tell, I love music that tells stories and I love musicians who have lived and who share a piece of themselves through music, so I wanted to tell the story of my unexpected summer romance.
Lyrics had to come first, then when I was happy with what I had, I wrote some chords to enhance the story. The chords are extremely jazzy, unresolved, non-diatonic and they don’t go where your musical ear may expect them to. I wanted that to represent how the summer I sing of took unexpected turns
What inspired you to create “Summertime”?
Originally the idea of a hot girl summer, but as I wrote, I found myself telling that story. And it’s true my hot girl summer did come to a halt!
On top of that, a trip I took to Cuba by myself really inspired this and I wanted to capture a little piece of this in my description of summer.
It’s the ultimate place for summer. I only booked one night stay and I went with the wind for the rest and saw and experienced so many beautiful things.
You’ve undoubtedly developed a unique sound and style to fit into your musical journey, how does it showcase your growth and artistic evolution?
Definitely yes, I know what I want more, and I know how to get that across to others. Since I work with a lot of people on my music, and musicians that play live, I need them to respect and understand me and what I want.
I have those people now which I am very happy for and I love not having to explain myself. I also don’t do what’s right, or what’s easy, I do exactly what I envision and I make it work.
Can you share the underlying message or theme that you wanted to convey through “Summertime”?
It’s always when you are living your best single life that your perfect match decides to come and swipe you off of your feet. Haha
How do you envision “Summertime” resonating with your audience, and what impact do you hope it will have on listeners as this has the potential to become a fan-favourite. ?
The song is a little weird sonically, and heavily inspired by 70s music. I hope that when people listen to it they feel free, sensual and connected to their senses. I hope that girls get ready for it before they go out in search of romance in the summer.
Do you have any exciting plans or projects in the pipeline? Can you give us a glimpse into what the future holds for your music?
I am dedicating much more time and energy to music this year. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life as an independent artist and it is hard to dream big when you have bills to pay and the day-to-day grind.
I have definitely been caught up in daily life before but I really just want to give more of myself and my soul to making music. So I have a few more releases coming. And I don’t plan on stopping any time soon
How do you navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with being an artist in today’s competitive landscape?
There is only one me, there is only one you. I never compare myself to others because that’s not what art is about.
It’s not always the person who can make the most realistic to-life painting with the most technical skills, it’s about that person’s unique perspective. The same goes for music. I just focus on how I can do better.
Are there any other musical genres or styles that you are interested in exploring in your future releases?
Yes. I love all kinds of folk music and folk scales, and I love live instruments. Something about that kind of music makes me feel very connected to the earth and grounded. Real people playing.
I love both, live-played and computer-made music, but right now I am just really feeling that connection to real life. So something a little bit folky.