Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Single: Baba - I, Defy

Baba - I, Defy

Info: 'I Defy' is the second single from Dublin singer-songwriter Baba and it's pro-woman, pro-choice, pro-equality and pro-doing what the hell you feel like as long as you aren’t hurting anybody.

Following on from her gentle debut single 'Empty Arms', Siobhan Lynch is back and she’s packing a punch in the shape of 'I Defy', a fiery pop song that challenges traditional gender roles. 'I Defy' is a response to a man in a pub who told Lynch that any woman who has a one night stand 'is a slut' and 'deserves everything she gets'. Shocked that anyone could still think like this, Lynch wrote the chorus on her way home from the pub and by the next day, the rest of the song’s mission statement was complete. Produced by Gavin Glass, there’s a sense of well-timed urgency to 'Defy'. Using religious imagery and poetic flair, Lynch has penned a song that reflects the conversation that women are having across the world.

Locally here in Ireland, and internationally, you could say Siobhan Lynch, aka Baba's latest single 'I, Defy' couldn't be more timely, but has there ever really been a time when the message wasn't relevant? Or sadly will still be this time next year and the year after? Clunky pop beats and hand claps attack from the very beginning, it feels lazy to state it given the title, but the track is undeniably confident and defiant. Despite its message, Baba manages to remain somehow calm, nonchalant and upbeat in her delivery, which is ultimately how we should feel too. Don't give in, but don't let the fight bring you down either. It's a distinct move in sound from last year's atmospheric debut 'Scrape & Crawl', and shows that Lynch isn't into sitting on laurels when it comes to getting her point across lyrically, which is most refreshing.

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