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  • India Wallis

YAGKI's Exclusive Photo Diary: BTS Of ‘Something I Do’ Release

Lebanese/Australian alt-pop artist YAGKI has returned with her first single of 2024, 'Something I Do' – produced by Yianni Adams (Betty, Kyoshi) and mixed by James Guido (LAU, Lucy Sugerman).

'Something I Do' unfurls with a reverie-like ambience, both intimate and vast, adorned with celestial synths and delicate guitar riffs that infuse a nostalgic, lo-fi charm. The rich vocals and intricate melodies carry undertones of R&B influence, seamlessly intertwining diverse elements into a shimmering sonic silhouette.

YAGKI talks about the inspiration behind 'Something I Do':

"'Something I Do' is an exploration of the sensation of emptiness and the acceptance of detachment. Reflecting on a childhood experience where I was in a coma at the age of three, the song delves into how such trauma echoes into my later life. It delves into themes of impulsivity and identity struggles, serving as a caution to those attempting to forge close connections with me while I feel so empty."


Pic 1: "This was the photoshoot for ‘Something I Do’ and I wanted to take inspiration from the video for this. The hands, for me, are a big representation of the song and the idea that there’s only so many pieces of you that can get taken away until you’re left feeling hollow."

Pic 2: "For the first time in YEARRRS I got Yianni Adams, the producer of ‘Something I Do’, up on stage with me. It was super special and great for him to be a part of the night. He always makes such a great environment for me to be creative, share and be inspired in my music."


Pic 3: "BTS from the music video with Max! The vibe was that I was rolling around and hoping that it looked good on camera – he worked MAGIC!"


Pic 4: "Some more fun pics from my ‘Something I Do’ shoot with Taylah Chapman!" 

Pic 5: "This is honestly the most magical photo, it was taken on stage during last years Naarm/Melbourne shows and I haven’t shared it until now!"


Accompanying the release is the enigmatic music video directed/filmed by Max Pasalic (BESTIES). The camera delves into close-ups amid diverse urban, studio and domestic settings, capturing the enchanting essence of performance. Amidst vibrant red lenses capturing hands reaching for YAGKI's face, these shots juxtapose against her ethereal figure in the backdrop, casting a mesmerising contrast.

Fresh off a rebrand from past project name, Sarah Yagki, YAGKI's previous releases have been widely embraced by triple j Unearthed and Australian community radio stations FBi Radio, 4ZZZ, SYN Media, 2RRR, 2SER, and more. In the blogosphere, her tracks have been supported by the likes of Atwood Magazine (USA), Backseat Mafia (UK/AUS), The Music, Tone Deaf, The AU Review, Music Feeds, LivewireAU, AAA Backstage and Something You Said. YAGKI has also had multiple videos added to MTV.

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