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After successfully kicking off her sophomore album campagne with the electro-dance track “All I Want”, KUOKO follows up with her new single “Firework” and takes a step, or two back from the dance floor. Slowing down in pace she creates more space for the melancholia her lyrics carry. In her own words, “Firework” is a reflection of the past few years, which have been marked by great uncertainty, revealing old and new abysses in society. The track comes from a place of feeling locked inside, whether at home or within one's own body, and raises the question of how to grow and find happiness in such circumstances. KUOKO sings: "I wanna feel a firework of happiness, but all I get is just a flicker of light." "Firework" is about finding strength through creating and keeping the fire alive for the things you love to do without burning out. The robotic sounding harmonizer effects on KUOKO’s vocals addresses the everyday repetition of daily life while contrasting the vulnerable sound of the voice in the verse, which intensifies more as we’re moving towards the chorus. KUOKO’s raw and honest lyrics reflect the imaginary but relatable dialogue between two people, having small talk on the street, trying to figure out the answer to the most common question: “how are you?”. Finding the strength to give a truthfully vulnerable answer to that question and thereby feeling empowered is what determines the flower motive of the visualizer, that accompanies the release of “Firework”. KUOKO has been using floral imagery in her previous work already but this time the fragile looking flowers, looking almost like they’re made of glass, are growing from a dark place, fighting their way through rocks, seeking the light.
Above all with “Firework” KUOKO shows her love for contemporary while making sure not to just copy and repeat when infusing her distinctive sound marked by her love for minimalist yet immense productions.


released April 21, 2023


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