The Facets of Life Constrained by “Ropes”
October 8th, 2022 saw the release of Brazilian artist Luciana Zogbi’s newest single “Ropes.” Here, Zogbi effectively transforms the her own darkness into a song we can all relate to, creating an incredible piece of art from being openly vulnerable.
Zogbi is a singer, composer and YouTuber who, like many other young artists, started her career creating her own version of popular songs on YouTube. Her unique and soothing voice attracted over 2.8 million subscribers from all around the globe, and last year, she decided to start releasing her own original music that reflects her own philosophy, style and background. Since then, much of her work has centered around breaking barriers and promoting unity, including this release.
“I’ve always thought of myself as melancholic and sad, but recently began questioning that. How much of that is actually me? How much can I change and still be myself? So I’m cutting away the parts of my identity that are holding me back.”
Although the theme of the track is dark, “Ropes” is undeniably uplifting and motivational. Zogbi’s idea to use her hair as a physical representation of the metaphorical ropes that were holding her back does wonders in helping to capture her desired concept through fun and unique imagery. Low tones constructed through the song’s excellent instrumental carry Zogbi’s higher voice as she expresses the struggle in wanting to run away from the aspects of herself that constrains her from what she wants most.
“Ropes” also stresses the importance of the identities we build for ourselves and how they give meaning in our lives. Certain identities also have the possibility to hold one back and prevent growth, however. Zogbi covers the reality of this as well, especially through the lyrics “I found my joy in misery, I let this be the death of me,” referring to facets of herself that encourage an unfulfilling lifestyle. It’s easy to say that this song categorizes as an anthem of empowerment, one that can lighten anyone’s mood in a heartbeat, and is completely worth a listen or two.
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