Rising pop artist Alice Merton reveals a brand new single “Hero” featured along with an official video
Following her latest single “Vertigo“, The new single ‘Hero’ starts with an arresting and unconventional sonic hook, before Alice introduces the song’s narrative:
She says about the song: “Sometimes I wish I was the hero in your story,” she begins, “I’d save you from yourself.” After that attention-grabbing opening, ‘Hero’unfolds in thrillingly unexpected fashion, feeling like an unlikely synthesis between the dark side of Halsey’s angsty modern pop and the electro-tinged alt-rock of Garbage. Continuing Alice’s new sound that commenced with ‘Vertigo’, it’s rich with her personality: a heartfelt first-person experience conveyed by a vocal that exudes a real, naturalistic talent.
The ‘Hero’ video continues Alice’s creative partnership with Anuk Rohde after they excelled with the post-apocalyptic aesthetic of ‘Vertigo’.
She adds: “Everything I felt in the last year was summed up in the first two sentences of the song. It’s about the conflict of wanting something so bad, but realizing you just don’t have the strength to fight for it anymore. It talks about the discrepancy of wanting to be someone’s everything, and at the same time wishing they meant nothing to you.”
“Hero” has also a B-side: “Island”. “‘Island’ is filled with desperation, angst and the overwhelming need not to give up,” she continues. “I imagined the situation of two people drowning at sea. One tries with all their strength and energy to pull the other to shore and bring them back to life.” ‘Island’ was produced by Tim Morten.
As Alice explains, “‘Island’ acknowledges the struggle and desire to survive together, while ‘Hero’ calls a ceasefire and waves a flag to announce its surrender.”
Born in Frankfurt, and raised between Germany, the USA, England and Canada, Alice Merton released her debut album ‘MINT’ in 2019, as well as its deluxe edition ‘MINT +4’ later that year. Complementing her international success with early UK support from Radio 1, Alice has also collaborated with the likes of Tom Odell,AWOLNATION, and the Grammy-winning producer Koz (Dua Lipa).