Sydney artist ILUKA, aka Nikki Thorburn, has found her Motown rock groove on new high-energy track "Sympathy", premiering exclusively today on Rolling Stone Australia.
"Sympathy" is the first taste from Thorburn's upcoming EP Ritual, and follows 2017's Blue My Soul, which showcased the breadth of the young singer-songwriter's ability — from the bliss-pop track "Blue Jean Baby" to gospel ballad "The Fools".
Over an energetic carnival-like palette, Thorburn delivers biting lines ("we don't buy into your hypocrisy") that suggest that beneath the joyous song — which she says has "been sitting in [her] drawer for a couple of years now" — there's a strong social message.
"When ['Sympathy'] was written I had this real sense of impotence and apathy within my generation," Thorburn explains, "Willing or not, so many of us were becoming slaves. Slaves to technology, to consumerism, to authority, to an ideology, to expectation, to our own bodies, and to our own minds."
Ritual is due April, 2018. Before which, ILUKA plays the Coven's Christmas Party at Sydney's Lansdowne Hotel on December 21st, alongside Okin Osan and a DJ set from SCABZ.
Top photo: ILUKA. Credit: Tim Arney.