Like the rest of us, independent artists in quarantine are finding new ways to stay inspired by the same four walls they are dealt every day. Ironically, this solitary situation has lead an influx of musicians to reach out and exchange ideas with other creators. For one creative team, this meant connecting with somebody they’ve never met and “turning feeling to form and expression” at the beautifully cruel hour of 4 A.M.
Independent artists, Vana Tha Slayer and Krista Marina, have released their collaborative track, “Uncomfortable”, produced by Monks. Vana and Monks have worked together for a while as partners in their collective, Love Forever. Having remembered how Krista made “half a crowd fall in love with her instantly” at a UCLA open-mic, they thought to reach out to her to add complementing vocals and assist with the songwriting process.
The team credits their collaboration as being holistic and says they had a “funny time” channeling their unfortunate experiences. They solidified their sound over quarantine and finished the track in only 24 hours. To them, this song describes “feeling estranged to the idea of being loved so honestly and warmly” and they further deduce that while “most people perceive love as comfort, [they want] to show that letting your guard down and letting love in can also be uncomfortable, though ultimately worth it.”
While the lyrics do outline a not-so-ideal response after being bitten by the love bug, the arrangement itself is on the contrary, deeply comforting. In a conversation with the artists, Vana spoke to his personal connection to the track in saying “That song got me comfortable with myself, and it was a healing song, it turned a bad situation into a beautiful melody, a beautiful song, a beautiful sound.”