Soul Defy
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Music Video Premiere: Cyvella – “Soul Defy”

Alternative/electronic rock artist Cyvella, aka Marlain Angelides, unveils the brand-new video, “Soul Defy,” a song from her recently released debut EP, Rich.

Cyvella explains Rich, “The EP is built upon double-entendres. It sometimes reflects the complexity of womanhood and what it means to be a woman in the modern age. There are masked secret desires; dominance is juxtaposed with submissiveness; pain and sorrow are married with folly and a hopeful sense of humor.”

From Greece, Angelides fronted Hi-5, the platinum-selling pop band. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, she’s appeared on London’s West End, as well as writing and performing with international metal bands, including Ascending Dawn, her prog-rock band. In New York, she’s performed Shakespeare, musicals, and voiceovers, and fronts the female band Lez Zeppelin.

As Cyvella, Angelides “incorporates all the thoughts I have never expressed over the years. I have a strange relationship with my deep and passionate desires, and they have always tortured me.” 

Talking about “Soul Defy,” she shares, “Light and dark…the voices inside that speak to you, that both empower and doubt…Soul Defy in both sound and visuals reflects that status quo. Written when I first moved to the US, this song was the central song for the EP overall sound.”

“Soul Defy” opens on spine-chilling colors, shimmering and intertwining, followed by the entry of Cyvella’s portentous voice, infusing the lyrics with dark femme fatale savors, rippling with burning passion.

Thrumming synths and thick guitars give the melody eerie, growling energy, mirroring the mysterious spectral timbres of Cyvella’s Siren-like tones.

The video, directed by Alex Agisilaou, depicts numinous images of Cyvella embraced by intense mystical forces, releasing potent, tangible fluxions of emotion.

Simultaneously surging with shadowy aching colors and throbbing magical manifestations, “Soul Defy” is wickedly compelling and hypnotic.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.