LA-based artist Arielle Sitrick strikes an intimate chord as R E L and through her self dubbed genre of EVOCA-POP, derived from the words “evocative” and “pop.” For the young artist, story telling has a stronger grip than any other element during creation, as her visual for the track “Nanagrams” introspectively looks at the struggle of body dysmorphia. Part of a 3-side album and produced by ADHD, featuring guitars by Samir Akhter and DUEFUNK, the track itself is a soulful opening, framing the minimal riffs and struggle of acceptance in the accompanying video.
The personal reflection stems from Sitrick’s own past, stating: “Music can heal. I’ve chosen to make a 3-side album to address each phase of healing as its own story and as part of a bigger story. I developed anorexia at a very young age (7) and struggled with it for many years. Side A tells the story of a first stage of healing – facing the problem, realizing you’ve been hurting yourself. Self compassion is the first step towards peace.”
Directed and edited by Emilio Guerra, the video’s potent intimacy opens a corner of R E L’s mind that blurs reality, fantasy and the control her fears have over her. The rhythmic spurt that is poured on the opening lines tremble beneath Sitrick’s low and light husk. Penned from a worried stance, fearful of others “watching,” the track glides from a blissful melody, suppressing its visual truth. Abstractly choreographed, Sitrick and her fear encapsulate the screen. From each forced inhale, to glaring contemplation of what is seen on the other side of the mirror, “Nanagrams” dauntlessly depicts the struggle while ultimately finding self love.