Ponette Releases New Single ‘Beats Me Up’ with Coucheron, Teases Upcoming Album
Norweigan singer/songwriter Ponette is back with a brand new single ‘Beats Me Up’ (featuring Coucheron) out now via Toothfairy. This latest single arrives after her debut album ‘Nude’, released back in 2020, was highly praised in the blogosphere. The new track is a teaser from Part I of her upcoming album, scheduled for release in 2023.
The electronic track is a perfect example of Ponette’s experimental indie-pop sound, including synthy and distorted elements beneath her soft, sincere lyricism. Vocally, it’s strong and profound, weaving the tale of needing to escape from a relationship and feeling as though you need some space although finding this difficult to do (“And I wish you’d break my ribs or pull my eyes out instead / Cause the heart is the only part I really can’t live without”). The instrumental, technical elements are reminiscent of Purity Ring, shown through the use of heavy synths, rich atmospherics and a sharp bass-driven sound.
Speaking of the new single, Ponette said: “Beats Me Up (ft. Coucheron) was created during a massive wave of feelings. Totally overwhelming. I just had to find a way to communicate all of the raw emotions that had been building up in my body for a while, and I want the song to feel like that when you listen to it as well. I hope people can relate, and that I’m not totally crazy.”
Growing up in a small, shy town in the south of Norway where everybody was careful about how they presented themselves, Ponette (AKA Helene Svaland Johansen) established early on that it seemingly was important to blend in and not make a fuss about anything. Being also the middle child in a family where the two remaining siblings were seriously ill and/or physically handicapped, she spent her childhood trying to please everyone and not taking up any unnecessary space.
Since then, Ponette has spent her whole adult life trying to challenge herself and to fight that way of being, although it’s still a big part of who she is and ultimately how her mind works. Music is where she can freely express herself and, at times, has been truly life-saving. This ongoing battle has obviously affected Ponette’s music in every avenue.
Ponette grew up heavily influenced by strong female pop icons such as the Spice Girls and Britney Spears, which allowed her to take inspiration. Today, her favourites reside in artists such as Lorde, Robyn, Tove Lo, Florence + The Machine, Uffie, Veronica Maggio and Flume.