“Wild Girls” single art

The idea that art begets more art is inescapable in creative industries, especially for music. Whether intentional or not — or done well or not — is beside the point. Simply put, it is impossible to make something artistic without drawing on inspiration from what’s come before. And especially when the worlds of film and TV intersect with music, some truly remarkable work can come about. Such is the case with Romanian-born singer-songwriter Sorana’s latest infectious single, “Wild Girls.”

An incredibly accomplished songwriter in the vein of Australia’s Sia, Sorana has penned several classic pop songs from the last half decade, including “Takeaway” (The Chainsmokers, Illenium and Lennon Stella), “OMG What’s Happening” (Ava Max) and “Heartbreak Anthem” (Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix). Her songs and visual style show an eclectic taste in not just music but other media, as her debut single under Atlantic Records, “Redrum” drew inspiration in its title and music video from The Shining. Likewise, her fashion and hairstyles evoke a feeling of Sailor Moon, of which Sorana has admitted she is a fan. And now on “Wild Girls,” she has gone even further by mirroring the opening lyrics, “Deadly kisses, you can see in those eyes / That even angels sometimes fall from the sky / Baby, it’s a gamble, may the best man win / She could be your nightmare or the girl of your dreams,” on the famous riff from Ennio Morricone’s score for The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Officially approved by the Morricone estate, the inclusion of this particular composition in “Wild Girls” is the first time it’s ever been used in a pop single — and, considering the soundtrack’s spaghetti western roots, Sorana says it’s a perfect sample for the song’s themes:

“’Wild Girls’ is a female empowerment, western-inspired record that shows that no one can cross one of us girls and get away without a broken heart. It interpolates Ennio Morricone’s iconic theme from ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’ to give it that cinematic vibe. I wanted to flip the male-dominated Western genre on its head. Women are really the fiercest cowboys.”

“Wild Girls” is a simultaneously low-key yet abrasive song in all the right ways. The majority of the track allows listeners to hear Sorana’s strong vocals on the verses and pre-chorus with just a repeated bass line — before hitting one’s ears full-on with an array of powerful drums and other percussive elements on the addictive chorus: “Wild girls, wild girls from the wild, wild west / Knock you down, steal your heart, cut it from your chest / Wild girls, wild girls always make a mess / A ghost town, raid your hеart ’til there’s nothin’ left.” It’s a song that shows the dichotomy between women themselves, as it recounts how there’s more than two facets to every woman in how she deals with a broken heart and lost love. The imagery conjured up in the lyrics is superb, and the one complaint is that the song is a mere two and a half-minutes long — making listeners beg for more from such a talented singer-songwriter who’s finally getting the recognition she deserves.

In addition to “Wild Girls,” Sorana has kept the momentum going through 2022 with her singles “Karaoke” and “Redrum” — the latter of which is a collaboration with David Guetta. She has acquired over 8+ million streams from her latest music, and continues to look to the horizon as she writes songs for both herself and others. Take a listen to Sorana’s latest hit, “Wild Girls,” below!

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