If the past couple of years have taught us anything, life is too short to keep putting up with things – and people – that are no good for us and that we all need to do what makes us feel strong and happy. The latest single from independent artist Sandflower called “Quicksand” (feat. Unstoppable Death Machines), which XS Noize are proud to premiere is a track that offers a perfect reminder of such things. In particular, it’s pretty much a lyrical “fuck you” to toxic relationships, calling on all those who hear it to put themselves first.
With an electrifying beat and fiery sound, the song is the perfect pick-me-up for anyone who’s ever experienced the more negative sides of a relationship and a much-needed ego-boost for anyone who’s ever had their confidence dented by another person. It may yet be THE self-empowerment anthem of 2022.
The accompanying video was directed by Ambrose Eng and edited by Terence Williams. There’s a rebellious, exciting feel to it, brilliantly expressing Sandflower’s vibrant, confident personality and her pride in being someone who isn’t afraid to stand out, be different, and be herself. Both the song and video offer fans a taste of what they can expect from her upcoming album ‘The Quantum Seed’ which drops on June 10th and is the culmination and the manifestation of her hard work and vision for her eclectic, otherworldly sound.
Sandflower, who last year caught the attention of both music and film fans everywhere when her cover of the Spice Girls smash “Wannabe” was featured in the Netflix film ‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever, explains that the “Quicksand” song and video: “…absolutely encapsulates who I am as an artist. We travel through many musical styles, like astronauts leaving the earth’s atmosphere. And I had a blast exploring phraseology together with different ways of expressing my soul through the vocals. This song and video is the seed bursting through the soil, feeling the first rays of a new kind of sunshine.”
Asked if there’s any particular message to or behind the song, she adds: “Ultimately, this song is about chaotic love. “Slipping through your hands like a girl made of quicksand” as quickly as we can touch the warmth of love without warning, it can pull us under and evaporate like a phantom. I want that true love and understanding, maybe we all do, and we all know that feeling of thinking you found it with someone and realising they actually never truly loved or knew you. Quicksand; the anomaly in nature that you can’t quite understand, but the mysterious is alluring.”
Watch the video for ‘Quicksand’ – BELOW: