Premiere: “Consciousness” Colors R E L’s Intimate Self-Awakening

"Consciousness" - R E L © Jillian Dudley
A lush, intimate anthem we can all embrace, R E L’s “Consciousness” captures the individual’s self-awakening, breaching the divide between the self and others.

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Indie pop artist R E L describes her latest single “Consciousness” as being about “opening your eyes to the beauty and the suffering. Choosing love.” A pulsing, beat-driven pop song about awareness and awakenings – essentially, “being woke” and what that can mean to the individual – R E L’s “Consciousness” breaches the divide between the self and others. It’s a lush, intimate anthem we can all embrace.

Where am I now? Who am I now?
Mr. C, Falls away
Stays to play
Mr. C, Never left
Forgot the rest, forgot the rest
Watch: “Consciousness” – R E L


Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Consciousness,” the lead single off R E L’s upcoming three-part visual album, EVOCA-POP™. The musical project of Los Angeles singer/songwriter Arielle Sitrick, R E L defines her music not through its dream pop, R&B and electro-soul influences, but rather though its effect and feeling: “EVOCA-​POP™” is the combination of evocative and pop, and it’s an impressively apt description for the independently-successful artist.

Following a handful of various single releases and collaborations, “Consciousness” is the first official taste from R E L’s next endeavor. She collaborates with producer Robot Koch to create a magical soundscape awash with warm, vibing energies that flow together in a singular direction.

Consciousness - R E L

Consciousness – R E L

Remember where we were,
remember how we came

The days we spent alone
In heaven wrapped in flame
Remember where we were,
remember how we came

This broken old cassette
My memory betrayed

“‘Consciousness’ is about coming out of a fog and learning to see (again),” R E L shares. “It’s a gift and a curse, and a light and a guide and a pride and a mind – breathing time. It’s funny how the world can flip on you like that, in such a sudden instance. The world stops spinning, faces ever dimming and you hardly care to win, everything is beautiful and tolerable, everything is lucid and bright. Like stars in the night, we shine as lights for those we love most. Forever, never dimming.”

Directed by Jillian Dudley, the “Consciousness” video depicts R E L in various phase-shifts – moments in time, either fully there or not-so-fully present (as in, a warping of the image). It’s a dazzling, slightly trippy display that strips away the glitz and glamour, exhibiting the individual that is the artist and the artist that is the individual. We see her own depiction of the “self-awakening” in action – she basks in the full company of solitude, embracing her mind, body and spirit without restraint.

"Consciousness" - R E L © Jillian Dudley

"Consciousness" - R E L © Jillian Dudley

"Consciousness" - R E L © Jillian Dudley

“Consciousness” – R E L © Jillian Dudley

Mr. C disarrayed
Begins to pray
Mr. C on a quest…?
Forgot the rest, forgot the rest

There’s something to be said for an artist discovering her voice and wielding it well. What helps R E L stand apart is the way in which she projects her message and purpose onto others, not so much inviting us, but rather inspiring us to join in her rallying cry. We’re moved to think and feel; to looking inward, so that we can focus outward – beyond our self-constraints.

Seductive and enchanting – a “woke” dream – R E L’s “Consciousness” couldn’t arrive at a better time. Dive into this brand-new music video and join in this intimate experience, exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York’s many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch’s words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing.
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