Nina June shares new single and video 'Like An Enemy'
26 February 2021
Amsterdam-based singer and songwriter Nina June layers plainspoken emotion over multi-dimensional soundscapes steeped in strings, keys, guitar, and natural sound effects. Out today, Nina shares her newest single and video 'Like An Enemy'.
The track is produced by Duncan Mills (Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, James Murphy). On 'Like An Enemy', Nina’s voice coasts above a glitchy beat towards a high-register crescendo. Speaking about the song, Nina says, “This song is a way for me to retrospectively stand up for myself as a strong woman, for all the times I didn't when I should have.”
Directed by Amsterdam-based Lyon Pol, the video is about embracing strengths and vulnerabilities when betrayed. Speaking to EARMILK, Nina says, "This video is about finding the strength to speak your truth as a woman.” Adding, “the video is about the range of emotions you go through when someone's done you harm. It takes courage to show these emotions and being vulnerable doesn't makeyou weak. We are conditioned to be polite, but sometimes someone doesn't deserve your kindness but needs your honesty."
Receptive to even the most subtle internal and external stimuli, Nina Junel eans into acute sensitivity as a lyricist and embraces expansive scope as a sonic auteur. Much like fitting puzzle pieces together, the Amsterdam-based singer and songwriter layers plainspoken emotion over multi-dimensional soundscapes steeped in strings, keys, guitar, and natural sound effects. After amassing nearly 20 million streams worldwide with her 2018 independent debut 'Bon Voyage' and her 2019 Nettwerk Records debut EP 'Shadows & Riddles'.
“I’m a singer, I’m a creator, I’m an optimist, I’m highly sensitive, I’m super emotional, and I’m a person who thinks about life, love, and human relationships a lot,” she exclaims. “I experience everything very intensely, but I also look at situations froma certain distance. My senses function at a super high level. Music is the place where the person and the artist come together.”
She took the first step on her journey when she left the seaside village of Castricum in The Netherlands to pursue music at Rockademy at just 17-years-old. After years of quietly honing her skills, she made waves with her 2018 independent debut, 'Bon Voyage'. Filtering restless wanderlust into lithe anthems of awakening, she captivated listeners with a string of successful singles, including 'We Watched It All Come Down', 'When We Fall' and more. Sold out shows followed in North America and Europe as she received Amsterdam’s prestigious Zilveren Notekraker - an honor in celebration of“Promising New Talent.” During 2019, she found a home at Nettwerk Records and maintained her momentum with the 'Shadows & Riddles' EP.
In March 2020, she traveled to London to work with producer Duncan Mills (The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, James Murphy) for the first time. Together, they struck what she describes as “an immediate chemistry.” The collaboration resulted in Nina reinventing herself and the writing and recording many songs, of which the earlier single 'Rainbow Ashes' and 'Like An Enemy' are the first two to be shared.
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