Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist ENOLA (they/them) shares new single Strange Comfort, out now via Our Golden Friend, accompanied with a video directed by Triana Hernandez (Gordi, Romero, RVG). This comes ahead of their performance at BIGSOUND in Australia next month.
Taking cues from the no-wave sounds of Joy Division and Suicide’s Alan Vega, the post-punk of IDLES and Fontaines D.C. underpinned by a background in electronic music production, ENOLA infuses hard hitting tracks with a stinging vulnerability, applying the salve to the self-inflicted wound.
Strange Comfort is bursting with punk vitality, driven by fuzzy guitars and brusque vocals, motioning forward along a knife’s edge. Centered around the resounding line, “there’s a strange comfort in us all going through the same,” it evokes an urgency of time running out.
ENOLA says of the track, “There is a comfort in knowing that suffering can be a universal experience. We are alone, yet together in our aloneness.”
Watch the video clip for Strange Comfort via YouTube below.
The single comes with a video that captures the knife edge feeling ENOLA gets from the song – a sense of forward movement and chaos met with surrealism/something of beauty. They say, “In the film I am not playing a role or character & I’m not playing myself as I am today. I am looking back at a past self and a time & place gone. A time of fearlessness, hopelessness & rebellion.”
Director Triana Hernandez, adds “This video is inspired by various visceral memories from their teenage years. Rather than recreating the specific moments, we wanted it to feel like a dream state with snippets that tip toe around those memories. I reckon it was more important for us to focus on the feel of those flashbacks- feelings that oscillate between dark and soft, unhinged and light – and everything all at once with a strong lust for life vibe.”
Making music is where ENOLA puts their joy, their pain; where they can expose emotions and be served by them, not destroyed. “Whatever it is, I want to do it honestly. I don’t want to hide. You can’t connect when you’re not willing to be ugly and sweaty, I try to let go of any of that,” they share.
More information on ENOLA
ENOLA launched into Melbourne’s music scene with their debut self-titled EP (2019), released via local champions of the underground Burning Rose, which saw airplay and praise from the likes of triple j, RRR, PBS, RTR, FBi Radio, CVLT Nation, Happy and Deafen County. Live, ENOLA is an enigmatic and captivating performer, holding their audiences close. They have performed alongside some of the so-called-Australia’s most groundbreaking artists this year including RVG, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Divide and Dissolve.
ENOLA Strange Comfort (single) out now via Our Golden Friend ditto.fm/strange-comfort