Double Dose: Au/Ra Drops “Dance In The Dark” & “Medicine”

The Drop: Paloma Faith & Au/Ra
Your guide to New Music Friday featuring gems from Paloma Faith and Au/Ra.

EDIT: The post has been updated with Au/Ra’s striking “Dance In The Dark” video. Watch below.

The buzz around Au/Ra has been steadily growing since the arrival of her debut EP in 2017, but reached fever pitch last year when “Panic Room” went viral courtesy of a CamelPhat remix. Since then, the 17-year-old has dropped a very good single called “Assassin” and now follows it up with two gems — “Dance In The Dark” and “Medicine.” Sonically, they couldn’t be more different (the former is a banger, the latter a ballad). However, they are thematically similar. “Both songs are very personal to me in different ways,” the alt-pop star explains.

“I feel like they are describing two different versions of acceptance,” she continues. “‘Medicine’ is about accepting that nobody can fix you or your problems except for you. ‘Dance in the Dark’ is about the acceptance of the dark times that will inevitably be part of our lives — life will never be perfect and without the bad, there would be no good.” Both songs showcase Au/Ra’s knack for insightful lyrics. “Hide away where you’re safe, where your heart doesn’t break,” the German/Antiguan artist sings. “Everybody’s scared so dance in the dark.”

“Medicine” packs a similar punch. “Band-Aids for all my scraped knees, blankets when I had bad dreams,” Au/Ra laments. “Felt like nothin’ could hurt me ’til you hurt me.” Listen to the tracks below.

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