“Green Fire” is taken from Ai fen‘s upcoming sophomore album Daily Grief.
Last week, Istanbul, where I’m currently living, was hit by a polar vortex. Covered in snow, the tentacular city unveiled a new face, its streets empty without any traffic – believe me when I say this is a rare thing over here. In this sort of apocalyptical scenery, it was very timely to play Ai fen‘s new track, “Green Fire.”
Taken from her upcoming sophomore album Daily Grief, “Green Fire” brings Nordic vastness and wilderness to mind, along with the contemplation of something that was once present but now is gone. A life on hold that is explored on Daily Grief as an examination of daily grievances amplified by the pandemic.
Reminiscent of Kate Bush‘s dramatic soprano style but also of Káryyn‘s vocal manipulations, Ai fen‘s crystalline voice, coupled with orchestral folk arrangements, bewitch from the first seconds of the track as the Polish-Chinese artist majestically sings “It’s so beautiful and so sad.” In its winter race, “Green Fire” then thickens to become a techno odyssey. Like an avalanche starting its unstoppable race, it turns beauty into strength. Erupting with frustration and disappointment, the cathartic track explores these feelings we all became oh so familiar with during the lockdowns and “the pain of moving towards something only to have it disperse before your eyes.”