She Thought She Was An Alien

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,”

 

As quoted from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, he makes life sound dreary, slowly creeping along this infinite (or maybe finite) line called time. Doesn’t life feel like that sometimes? Especially when one has a dreaded assignment to complete, is attending a boring lecture or waiting for the train (Jokes! Heh, but I think you get what I mean).

However, life is full of surprises and it isn’t guaranteed, as shown in Soko’s We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow.

 

Soko who? Stéphanie Sokolinski, better known by her stage name, Soko, is a French actress and singer. Her style of music is can be described as mellow and quiet (perfect for all you indie/hipsters out there), but there are fierce bursts when needed, showing her spunk. Her lyrics are honest, saying things as they are, painfully honest even. She portrays the effortless cool that the French possess, the soul and the art. So très chic. I first came across her music through her song I’ll Kill Her. Fierce.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhh-MJVWwXY

 

Soko’s We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow recently debuted at Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Isn’t that quite a feat? Rarely, do lesser known artistes debut on the Billboard Hot 100, what more in the Top 10! Most songs slowly work their way up the chart, some don’t even enter the top 20, but this song has landed among the stars.

 

Although Soko’s album, I Thought I Was an Alien, was released back in 2012, We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow have received lots of attention lately thanks to the viral video “First Kiss”. The video was a collaboration between Soko and Wren, a womenswear brand. The video records 20 strangers kissing for the first time, the emotions and expressions were authentic, funny, and strangely heart-warming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpbDHxCV29A

 

The strings and subtle drums complement the story conveyed by We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow, coupled with lyrics like “But if you’re not ready for love, how can you be ready for life?”, it tugs at your heartstrings, throwing you into deep contemplation. It’s one of those songs in the list of songs-that-make-you-realise-how-short-life-is (another would be Nickelback’s If Today Was Your Last Day). Life is short, life is fragile, life is temporary. As the song urges us, we should love as much as we can while we’re still able to.

 

On a side note, Soko and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance look like siblings. #MoveOnMonday

Olivia Yeoh 

Image courtesy of zimbio.com

"Zeal without knowledge is fire without light." - Thomas Fuller, 17th century historian

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