Akacia and Miqui Brightside create a ‘Home’ worlds apart
Melbourne-based artist AKACIA has teamed up with Spanish producer MIQUI BRIGHTSIDE on ‘Home’, a dreamy slice of electro-pop perfection. With ethereal synths and breathless vocals, ‘Home’ captures the laid-back comfort of being surrounded by people who just get it.
The track sounds like a journey through a late-night house party, building from the chilled-out verses to the dance floor-filler chorus. “Honestly, I think we’ve found the secret they don’t want you to know… You just get me, and it ain’t heavy, we don’t have to try,” purrs Akacia, over minimalist percussion and atmospheric beats. Her voice blends with Miqui Brightside’s slick production to transport the listener into her world.
When it comes to the song’s theme, Akacia and Miqui Brightside were able to create a shared emotion, despite their geographical distance from each other. “For years I was messing around making beats in my bedroom and felt like I was the only girl in the universe who was doing it,” explains Akacia. “I felt like a total weirdo. Getting into the online music scene was such an exciting moment for me, cause for the first time ever I met people from all over the world who were into music and production as much as I was. It changed everything for me.”
Miqui Brightside was drawn to her unique sound, and the pair soon found musical common ground. “‘Home’ is probably the song I did that I like the most. I made the beat in my bedroom with headphones, only at night time which I think it gives some special vibe to it. Some days later I found Akacia on Soundcloud and I just thought her voice could fit perfect on it, and it does. Home is not a place, home is a feeling.”
Queen of collaboration, Akacia has been releasing sophisticated electronic music for a couple of years now, toeing the line between saccharine sweet and dangerously dark. Her self-produced debut EP is set for release in 2018.
Words by Molly McLaughlin