‘Nobody built like you, you design yourself’ (JAY Z)
‘The world is yours’ (NAS)
That’s when you understand that you don’t belong to this world, and that this world is yours, as well as your own life, that you eventually break free of a mold you can’t fit.
In other words, that’s when you find yourself that you find happiness.
Factory, new single from emerging Electro- Dream Pop artist r e l, is about being a feminist in the 21st century, on a first reading of the song,
As r e l is empowering girls not to conform and exist as a carbon copy, and not to let society alienate their female identity, what it is to be a girl, a woman, a lady
You wear pink to be that girl
Was that your choice or the world’s?
Stuck yourself in those shoes
Wish you were a size two
More girls lined up behind
you’ve got the latest model
Improved upon, technologized
Back in line, back in line
On a second reading, rel speaks on a male perspective, s she explains in her interview with Vents Magazine.
Therefore, beyond a feminist view, Factory is actually a humanist piece, dealing with conformity, consciousness and happiness.
And conformity oppresses happiness and freedom: it’s like being a puppet, a shadow of what you once were, or of what you were never supposed to be,
Conformity creates empty shells, copies of model without soul, without conscious, where trends take over dreams.
This oppression is well translated in the aggressive beats of the song.
Approaching such a deep discussion in her songs, gives r e l‘s music something authentic and really human, that’s why we can somehow relate to her lyrics.
This must be unconsciously why her music is so dreamy: r e l deserves the title of Electro-Dream Pop music, or actually evoca-pop: music that makes you think and feel, as rel says.
20 year old r e l has played at several historic venues throughout the Los Angeles area including Echo, Satellite, and The Mint,
Along with playing industry showcases including the DL at Dirty Laundry and BMI’s songwriter showcase.
She has been working nonstop on new music and visuals for her upcoming full length album, to be released in late 2016.
Factory, co-written with Carol ‘Juice’ Antoinette, is the second single, the first being All That Bite:
In just over a year, r e l has garnered both critical acclaim and over 500,000 Youtube views
A bright future is waiting for her, as she’s taking the music industry by storm.