ena mori “KING OF THE NIGHT”
Synth-pop singer-songwriter ena mori has released her latest single, ‘KING OF THE NIGHT!’ on the 1st of July. The single is taken from her upcoming debut LP, DON’T BLAME THE WILD ONE to be released on the 29th of July via Offshore Music Ph. The single follows the release of ‘SOS’ which was also accompanied by an intriguing video.
The original song was co-written and produced by Timothy Run, who drums for the Filipino pop-rock group One Click Straight. ena mori has received significant support from NME Magazine, having been selected for the Top 25 Best Asian Albums of 2020, nominated as the Best New Asian Act for the BandLAB NME Awards 2022 as well as The NME 100: Essential Emerging Artists of 2022. Other support includes CLASH Magazine, METAL Magazine, God Is In The TV Zine, Noisey, CNN Philippines, Esquire Philippines, Dingle, BandWagon Asia, as well as NME Asia New Music Friday, earning herself just under 1.4 million plays across platforms.
Half-Japanese and half-Filipino and currently based in Manila, Philippines ena mori started her musical journey as a child, inspired by her mother to bang out Chopin and Mozart pieces as soon as she had the chance. Lockdown saw ena mori turn to acts such as Cocteau Twins, Bjork and Talking Heads which would inspire her to create her latest release. In turn, her sound is a stunning mix between the classic and contemporary, drawing parallels to the works of Tori Amos, The Weeknd, Grimes and Bjork to name a few.
Carrying fierce independence born from overcoming criticism and judgment, ena mori bursts forth with a powerful set of vocals and irrefutable lyrics. Keeping the overall tone light, we’re met with a mixture of defiance, inspiration and cheerful pop elements that create a vibrant single.
The songstress tells us about the concept behind the single: “Being mixed race and overweight, I used to get bullied at school and many times, I felt like an outcast. KING OF THE NIGHT is inspired by my early teen experience as an outcast in hopes of encouraging many kids out there to embrace who they are. My producer, Tim, and I wanted to experiment with a different texture that somehow contrasts each other, such as coming from soft auto-tune vocals to a big chant-like chorus, and an electronic beat to a marching band section.”