Fifi Rong soothes social isolation with her vulnerable song ‘Distance’
Fifi Rong, a multi-talented artist based in London, has released a haunting new song about the emotional effects of social isolation.
The aptly titled ‘Distance’ is a melancholic song, layed with soft guitar and bass lines, and equally soft whispers by Rong. The vulnerability she expresses in her grace voice is something many will be feeling right now, as the Coronavirus lockdown continues around the world.
“The theme of the song surrounds the feeling of distance and isolation, and it’s recorded from an internalised and intimate place that invites private listening,” Rong told Fringe Frequency.
“I hope people can resonate with and find comfort in the song, as we spend time being alone in these unprecedented times.”
‘Distance’ is the latest song the Chinese-British musician has shared from a forthcoming album, which she said is a collection of many individual love stories.
Rong wrote and produced ‘Distance’ herself.
Speaking about the process, she said: “I have tried to produce this song a few times in the past, and recorded a few times too, but I was never happy about them.
“Sometimes a song needs to wait till the right moment to be born. I think this is its time, and I’m finally happy with the minimalist approach and vocal delivery for the song. I think the more a song is trying to express, the more naked it should be, sonically.”
Rong’s stripped back sound brings to mind Martina Topley-Bird and FKA Twigs.
With the UK on lockdown and no crew to help make a video, Rong has created some homemade visuals to accompany her melancholic single.