Global artist Niki releases new single ‘Selene’
Today, Indonesian vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, NIKI releases “Selene”, the second single off her forthcoming debut full-length album Moonchild, via 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music. Listen to it HERE. Written and produced by NIKI and Jacob Ray with additional production by Montreal producer Pomo (Anderson .Paak, Mac Miller), “Selene” introduces listeners to NIKI’s soulful and funky side.
Thematically, “Selene” represents the Goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology, Moonchild’s more sensual alter ego that intensely overcomes her in this chapter of the Moonchild saga. The song builds upon NIKI’s story from “Switchblade,” bringing listeners further into the first phase of the album. Passionate adlibs and live horns set “Selene” apart from the rest of the album as an up-tempo song that will make listeners want to dance.
Speaking on “Selene”, NIKI explains “It’s about pure sensuality and femininity. I wanted to create a song specifically about the Goddess of the Moon who possesses Moonchild for a brief moment of naiveté and recklessness.”
The ten-song Moonchild, is an ambitious concept album that traces NIKI’s own journey while tackling universal themes of identity and empowerment. A sonic allegory, Moonchild illuminates the linear path of youthful exploration through three lunar phases: crescent moon (innocence, curiosity, embarking), half-moon/eclipse (loss of hope, disillusionment) and full moon (self-discovery, strength). The album itself offers an exploration, infusing its triptych song structure with eclectic styles – R&B, pop, urban, punk, country – from stripped-down piano ballads to lushly orchestrated anthems. A full two years in the making, Moonchild has brought NIKI together with such collaborators as producer/writer Jacob Ray, the producer collective Bekon & the Donuts (Kendrick Lamar, SZA), and Montreal producer Pomo (Anderson .Paak, Mac Miller), who is credited with additional production on “Selene”.