"Ocean On Fire" is the first single from Shébani's upcoming EP Alter Ego.
"Ocean On Fire" is now available everywhere:
Alter Ego is going to be released on August 16, and will be available everywhere.
About the artist:
Born and raised in Dubai, UAE the singer-songwriter carved out the beginning of her musical career performing across almost every local venue in the city. With her acoustic guitar in one hand and her passion for the arts in the other, she quickly racked up a string of shows juggling between playing covers and a handful of originals, in hope of seeing what her next step would be.
Reaching what she ultimately felt was a plateau in her journey, she soon decided to undertake in creating her first official release with the new and upcoming local producer Rayan. Embarking into a new direction and sailing into a significantly unexplored genre of music in the Middle East, it wasn’t long before the spirit of her first EP, “Alter Ego” came to life.
Bringing her childhood inspirations to the forefront of her music, whilst discussing themes often subdued, Shébani represents the first female singer-songwriter to embrace the challenges of modern day relevance in music whilst embodying the significance of reflection.
They say some things are better left unspoken, but with “Alter Ego” the notion is put to the test. How do we decide what things should be said? When is the line crossed when speaking truths? Shébani examines the aspects of turmoil, regret, the lines that define loyalty, and the lines that break them. Enrolling producer Rayan to shape the music behind those topics, the EP peeks through the keyhole of what is unexplored within ourselves.
After a long stint of attempting acoustic and Indie, “Alter Ego” was born when Shébani re-evaluated her musical direction and decided to follow her urban upbringing. Returning to her childhood influences of Contemporary R&B, Pop, PBR&B, and Hip Hop, the aim was put together an EP that represented her journey to date. With Rayan to dictate the instrumentation and lead the production, it wasn’t long before the spirit of the EP would represent the harshest truth; the alternative side to her personality she was uncovering was simply who she was all along. The songs encapsulate the inner struggles of finding the bravery to expose yourself to the world. Rather than lamenting on the presence of a hidden side, the 6 tracks on “Alter Ego” explain the various burdens that come from concealing your true self.
Using dark insipid keys over urban glitch beats, the album takes a fresh swing at redeveloping the modern-contemporary R&B sound of today. Using the unconventional blending of electronic and classical instruments together, the EP intentionally drives at creating a sonic mood of unrest and an atmosphere of neglect.
“Alter Ego” makes us question the intent and quality of our social circles, relationships, identity, and idea of loyalties. The EP forces the listener to decide for themselves the value of gut instinct, and how much they truly value intuition.