Self-love is a critical practice that is difficult to come to. When we look at society, we’re constantly bombarded with images of how we should look and act, and those images are often false realities that are molded by certain ideologies or practices that aren’t embracing the realness that is humanity and life itself. I say all that to follow up with – times are changing. Self-acceptance and self-love are becoming more dominant messaging. The trend towards the real over the fake is accelerating. We are beginning to embrace our flaws and imperfections, knowing that those are what make us uniquely human.
Self-love is the theme of the latest collaboration from Marqueza, a queer Japanese-Venezuelan singer, songwriter, and producer, and Adam Fuller, a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Together, their genre-fluid music combines R&B-style vocals with production influenced by pop, jazz, and experimental electronic, creating a style that is uniquely their own. Both artists are currently based in Salt Lake City, UT, and are making a stamp in the larger music community with their particular sound and positive messaging.
Luminous tones fill the production, providing a bright platform for Marqueza’s stunningly effervescent vocals. Dance-pop vibes begin to permeate the soundscape as the verse begins. The different elements blend together seamlessly to really speak to the multi-genre influence that lays the backdrop for Marqueza to reclaim space as a queer, non-binary singer and songwriter in a typically male male-dominated popular sound and style. Singing atop the effortless soundscape, they showcase their vocal ranges while weaving in and out of the verses and chorus. The lyrics describe the process of escaping a toxic relationship and learning to love oneself. The message is posed as a love letter to herself, listing out the things that people typically look for in a relationship but acknowledging that she can also find it within herself. As you listen to this sway-worthy track, give yourself a hug because life can be hard sometimes, but we’re our own best supporters.