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Indigo De Souza clears the air with latest single, ‘Smog’

Every Monday, Add of the Week unveils all the new songs going into the 88Nine on-air playlist, with one hand-picked selection put in the spotlight by a member of our music team.

Indigo De Souza’s new Saddle Creek Records album, All of This Will End, arrives April 28, and ahead of it she shared her most-recent single, “Smog.”

She pulled inspiration for the track from living alone for the first time during the pandemic, which was personally pretty weird to deal with. “I was in an emotional state that felt like a cross between delirious joy and a real tired hopelessness,” De Souza recounted. “Everything felt unknown and distant, and it was my first time ever living alone — it brought me a lot closer to myself.”

The song feels very confessional, the kind of obsessive musings that come from being too long in one’s own head (and one’s home). The smog De Souza sings about is the weight of that specific time — her ability to break through that thick, enveloping weight best-happened at night when the rest of the world was asleep:

I come alive in the nighttime, when everybody else is done
I come alive, it's the right time to really start having fun
I don't think I'm gonna make it
I don't think anything
I just sit down and shut up
And hope they don't notice me

Bouncy synths and upbeat vocals showcase De Souza’s ability to break through a funk-cloud, embrace solitary creative time and write a catchy pop song — one of her poppiest to date — to buoy her emotions.

You can listen to “Smog” here and on 88Nine by tuning your FM dial in Milwaukee, or streaming worldwide on our website and mobile app.

This week’s other adds

  • “Stop The Bleeding,” Baby Rose
  • “Psychos,” Jenny Lewis
  • “Candle Flame,” Jungle (feat. Erick the Architect)
  • “Borrow Trouble,” Feist
88Nine Music Director / On-Air Talent | Radio Milwaukee