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Hemes Burns Up A ‘Fire’

Hemes Fire single review on Right Chord Music

Discover Hemes’ electro-Eastern stomper.

Hemes – ‘Fire’

‘Trying hard to see through all the ashes and smoke…’ opens ‘Fire’ by Hermes. It sets the tone for a thematically strong song, but in this case, the fire is not the one of giddy young love – it’s the kind you stamp on to try and put out. It’s the fire of love gone out of control that needs to be extinguished, making for a track with a hint of danger. 

Hemes is an artist based in Wales with Middle Eastern roots. With a few releases under her belt and support from BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Wales, this track marks the beginning of a new sound and era.

‘Fire’ is a pulsing electro-synth-pop track, both dangerous and ethereal.

‘There’s smoke in my house and it’s harder to breathe’ sings Hemes’ evocative lyrics, painting a picture of a dire relationship that needs to be escaped. The chorus reveals that this is an epiphany, with the empowering realization that  ‘nothing you say really matters, I’m gonna put out your fire’. The melodies are distinct and well-crafted, and delivered in Hemes’ assured vocals, alternating between honey-smooth and smoky. 

The production is attention-grabbing, with frantic, eerie synths, a stuttering bass and ethereal vocal harmonies. It manages to feel quite stripped down and bare, but without losing any impact. There are influences from Hemes’ Middle Eastern heritage in the harmonies as well as more modern acts like Katy B. It’s a track with an undeniable identity, a valuable thing for a young artist to possess. 

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Words Eden Tredwell