Today we have the distinct honor to check out the brand new EP “TEDIOUS & BRIEF” from New York based singer and songwriter Xondra.
You can listen to “TEDIOUS & BRIEF on Spotify and Apple Music
Xondra is a brave and fierce voice who masterfully blends elements of pop,rock,R&B and indie pop,Xondra’s music explores feminist themes with a heartbreakingly honest delivery.
Across the delicately constructed six tracks that make up her EP, ‘Tedious & Brief,’ Xondra shares her experience of being a woman trying to survive in a man’s world. “I wrote this story for all of the people who have been hurt by the people who were supposed to love and keep you safe,” she says. “I wrote Tedious & Brief for all the people learning to speak up even if their voice trembles.”
The opening track “Tedious” is an absolutely beautifully written melodic song that that is a fervent ballad about finding the strength to reclaim your time, energy and love. “It is a song for the people that love so much and so hard that they sometimes forget to save some for themselves; it is for those learning to step out of survival mode and really live in the present,” says Xondra. “’Tedious’ is me putting myself first. It is me allowing myself to to walk through the hard feelings I was having and still be hopeful that good times were coming down the road for me.”
“Brief” musically has this cadence about it that is slow moving but it stays with you . “Brief” may itself be brief but, it’s message is very powerful.
Xondra does a magnificent job of using her a voice as a sail that is navigating through tough times “Waterworks” is extraordinary.
“ There is a deep authenticity and realness with “Inner Child “ that you can feel almost immediately. Inner Child” delivers another important message about finding the root of one’s pain and lovingly embracing it.
“‘Inner Child’ is about how someone can have the same experience as you and come out with a completely different perspective. In this case in particular, it’s about siblings who cope differently after growing up in a toxic home environment,” Xondra writes. “I have always been very reluctant to write about this kind of thing because it is so personal. ‘Inner Child’’is me validating what I went through, even if it’s too difficult for the other people involved to do the same. We all heal at our own pace and in our own way. This is me giving myself permission to be honest about my experience and how it impacted me. I am still moving through it and granting myself grace as I continue to heal because healing is never linear.”
Our first introduction to Xondra came via the emotionally charged “Dead Girl “ Led by Xondra’s stirring vocals, “Dead Girl” is an anthemic, battle cry that confronts society’s desensitization to violence against women
Xondra elaborates on the powerful message behind “Dead Girl” : “Violence against women has, for so much of history and to this very day, been the main plot line to so many movies, shows and podcasts. ‘Dead Girl’ is about how we have become so desensitized that we don’t care about the safety of women. It’s about the fear of being a woman/AFAB person and not knowing if danger is right around the corner. It’s about never feeling safe, even around the men that you know, because all men that have hurt you have been the men closest to you. ‘Dead Girl is me screaming out for someone, anyone to hear me and validate this fear that feels so lonely at times.”
The final track on “Tedious & Brief “ – Life Force” is an emotional heartfelt goodbye that feels like Xondra opening up to what she feels while also trying to move on which, is never easy .
“Tedious & Brief” is far more than 6 beautifully written songs. “Tedious & Brief “ is an important captured moment that needs to heard and shared . Xondra shows tremendous strength by telling the important story of this EP. Xondra is truly a voice for those who feel they have no voice or feel they are not loud enough.