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Hertfordshire artist BYFYN (AKA Ellie Isherwood) releases the cathartic, carefree video for ‘What’s Stopping You?’ on today – preceding her new EP ‘In Blue With You’, out December 9th.  ‘What’s Stopping You?’ is a song of two halves. The first is a soft flurry of buzzing synths and an atmospheric gathering of sounds, which work as deep breaths in preparation and thought. An ethereal, primal scream ushers in the second half – a cascading and colourful release of acceptance and emotion. As BYFYN exclaims:  ‘“What’s Stopping You?” I ask myself, as my heart races and I battle with my inner saboteur.   With this track I really wanted to capture the frustration of feeling like nothing is stopping you from achieving what you want, apart from yourself and your anxiety! If you could just turn it off then nothing could get in your way… but it doesn’t work like that.. cue the frustration.”  This is echoed in the visual – blurry, abstract close-ups make way for joyous, unrestrained physical movement, and a call to arms directly down the camera lens.   “With the video I wanted to channel that frustration into an outburst of positive energy! This was the only video I directed and edited myself and it was shot on my family’s old handycam. I wanted it to be raw and personal and candid, a […] For more, go to: (Source)

Hertfordshire artist BYFYN (AKA Ellie Isherwood) has released introspective synth-pop single ‘I Love Me Too’ the latest in a line of exhilarating, textured electronic vignettes. With it she also announces her new EP ‘In Blue With You’ for December 9th. Each release so far has been a building block in developing a sound that calls to mind Grimes, Robyn, Chvrches or Let’s Eat Grandma. She takes glossy synths and re-purposes them through a LoFi filter to create something wholly unique in tone.   On ‘I Love Me Too’ it’s not just the synths that are glossy. Atop dreamscape washes, twinkling melodies and AM-retro drum machine beats, Ellie’s vocals rail against the over-stated role of self-love, and self-empowerment in overcoming mental health issues. She presents the idea as something superficially pristine, and simplistic in the face of something we need to keep working at. The lyrics to this point are echoed in the music video. As Ellie elaborates further:  “This song is my ideal end to an EP about struggling with mental health- it’s like “everything is fine now and I love myself because life’s too short not to!”. But really it is just that, it’s the ideal, the fantasy situation. From experience, mental health is more of a journey, with ups and downs, and unfortunately, it can’t always be wrapped up, all sorted and tied in a nice little bow like it is in the movies. With the video I wanted it to look like it […] For more, go to: (Source)

Hertfordshire based artist BYFYN (AKA Ellie Isherwood) releases synth-pop single ‘Ain’t Gonna Be Lonely’ today, the latest in a line of exhilarating, textured electronic vignettes. Developing a sound that calls to mind Grimes, Robyn, Chvrches or Let’s Eat Grandma, she takes glossy synths and re-purposes them through a LoFi filter to create something wholly unique in tone. This is matched with a well-defined aesthetic to create a tangible world of her own. Centered around a driving bass line and imperious drum machine beat, electronic notes percolate through ‘Ain’t Gonna Be Lonely’, building a dreamy soundscape on which BYFYN’s vocals deliver a self-directed wakeup call on the strains between co-dependence and loneliness. As she elaborates further: “I had been going through a bit of a crisis of identity and I was struggling with anxiety. I began to realize just how co-dependent I had become on my boyfriend of 6 years. I hate being alone, I always have, but it had kind of reached a crisis point for me, where I was like, I’m in my mid-20s now, I need to examine what’s going on here, so I wrote this song as a start.” For more, go to: (Source)