Johannesburg – The Netherlands-based South African-born singer/songwriter Cindy-Louise has announced her arrival on the big stage with the Humanity album that is making waves with its rich and soothing tunes.
The album was officially released in South Africa in March and is a fusion of indie rock, pop, jazz, classical and electro pop.
Most of the songs on the album focus on human nature and emotions.
“I use music to speak my truth, and with this album I want to let people know that they are not alone. The title was specifically inspired by my desire for people to find their humanity within my music, to really relate to and discover the true meaning of the word,” says Cindy. “My sound is just as unique as my musical structure and methods.”
The song “Make It Out There Alive” explores the myth behind the “sense of belonging” told under the disguise of bullying in schools.
“The song is about a teenager who sees life in a totally different and creative way and as a result is ignored in class. While it hurts, blocking it out and trying to escape reality seems to be the only option. The song explores the fine balance between survival and being driven over the edge.”
She says her own life experiences during her school days inspired her to write the song.
“Life is about finding out who you are, but it’s hard to accept yourself when your peers don’t support or understand you. Although the emotional wounds may heal, the scars will always be there. This single is my message to the world to show that life is full of good and bad memories; it is what makes each of us who we are. Sometimes, showing our weakness is the strongest thing we can do.”
Complemented by a video directed by Zowik Abramov of Klein Media, “Make It Out There Alive” emphasises the feeling of being trapped versus finding freedom.
Cindy says Humanity was an effort to put her feelings into one playlist.
“I wrote about 15 songs, 10 of which I decided to include in the album. The writing process took around six months, and we recorded the songs in three sessions. When I create a song, I already have the whole vision in mind what I feel, what instruments I hear, what vibe I want to create and hear.
“This gives me direction in terms of melody and lyrics. When it comes to the track listing, I try to make sure there is diversity, both in theme and sound. In addition to choosing my favourites, I also seek advice from the producer.”
She highlights “The Mask” as one of her favorite songs on the album.
“I also like ‘Loving Me in Every Way’, which is a great ballad. Every song has merit, but who listens to it, and when, will determine how popular each song is. After all, as human beings our moods are constantly changing.”