I’m not sure when the combination of two words to form a single one began, but it’s definitely a strong part of 21st-century culture. In her latest single ‘Frenemy’ (a combination of ‘friend’ and ‘enemy’), 21-year old Darla Jane shows her insight into the social issues for Gen-Z. Hailing from Stoke, this young female has built a strong Scandi-pop sound similar to Norwegian songstress Sigrid. The one difference is that Darla Jane has a more melodic sound to her unique vocals.
Over two years in the making, ‘Frenemy’ is a heart-rendering exploration of relationships and the pain of growing apart. Darla describes the single as being “a symbol of what I have been through and where I want to go.” While the lyrics are discomforting, the vocals are entrancing and highly emotional. It’s as if Darla Jade is screaming the thoughts in her soul, but maintains a toe-tapping boppy beat. It’s an addictive track whichever way you look at it.
How does this compare to her previous tracks?
A relatively new artist, Darla Jane embraces different sounds and influences. ‘Frenemy’, however, is a divergence from the smoother tone of ‘Overcrowded’ and ‘This Time’. Recorded in Thailand at Karma Sound Studios, Darla delves into a more Scandi-pop style with increased electronic flavours. Her calm exterior is given a punchy, well, punch but maintains the soulful vocals. The melodic tunes ‘Overcrowded’ and ‘This Time’ are still evident in ‘Frenemy’, but the former is more The Cardigans than a synth-based Billie Eilish.