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Sebastian Rhodes teams up with Singapore-based Filipina artist Ysa Yaneza on new single “Miss Me”

 

Here’s another collaboration to get you in the mood for fun.

Aussie indie sensation Sebastian Rhodes recruits Filipina-Singaporean artist Ysa Yanesa on the hyper-pop anthem “Miss Me”— out today, September 4, 2020 (Friday), on all digital platforms worldwide.

Exploring the glitchy but shimmering surface of pop music, the eclectic duo trades verses over a slightly experimental production.

Turning the spirit of collaboration into a messy kind of fun, “Miss Me” is a brash, unapologetic kiss-off that takes a swipe at someone’s past relationships. According to Rhodes, he wrote the PC-inspired jam for all his exes who are trying to come back into his life, now that things are looking up and exciting. “They were nowhere to be to be found during the tough times of extreme depression,” he adds.

After writing the first verse, the Aussie hyper-pop act realized that he needed another voice to air out his frustrations, lyrically and musically. “I found Ysa through an online zoom show and I was so impressed with her performance that I reached out to her on Instagram,” says Rhodes. “Ysa had the exact sound I was looking for to complete this single. I sent her the track and we wrote it using voice memos. We both finally recorded our vocals and sent it off to be mixed and mastered.”

The collaboration paved way for a sleek, colorful bop that wouldn’t feel out of place on records released by Charli XCX, Hannah Diamond, and Caroline Polachek. Songwriting-wise, Sebastian Rhodes displays a no-frills, confessional approach as he name-checks some of his exes in the latest release. “Artists like Taylor Swift often write about particular relationships, but I've never heard a song that drops 5 exes,” the hyper-pop star shares in a statement. “That's next level. It was incredibly therapeutic to reflect and laugh about how I've been treated in the past. I wish nothing but the best for every single one of them! It's not coming from a place of hate.”

Sebastian Rhodes’ “Miss Me” (Feat. Ysa Yaneza) is now out on Spotify and other streaming/digital platforms.

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