London-based duo Alex and Ella are Cherryade (if M.I.A., Charli XCX, and Grimes had a love child… The result would be Cherryade) and they’re back with their brand new track Houdini.
Keeping in theme with their previous infectious single, The Crown, Houdini definitely keeps the momentum going. The new track is electric and fun but it’s also multifaceted. On the song’s surface, its lush synth pop is brimming and it’s paired with a jagged punk edge that we can’t get enough of but at the underbelly of the upbeat track, there’s a correlating message of having fun and the judgement that comes with it.
Speaking to Alex and Ella via email, they had this to say about Houdini
“Houdini was written about our experiences with religion and going to a religious school. The priest was later convicted for being a pedophile, the music teacher was apparently fired for cheating on his wife with a male student, and all the time we were the one’s being judged and told what was right and wrong. When you’re young and naive the last thing you need is more people telling you who you should be, and once you’re caught in that web it’s not an easy thing to get out of“.