Indie singer-songwriter Nikitaa has released her new track ‘Bad Trip (Sitam)’ in which she explores multilingual songwriting and creates a rich soundscape to reflect it.
Musically, the song alternates from pop elements to a dreamy 6/8 section. The lyrics capture the feeling of knowing and leaving someone who is troublesome. The poetry reflects the vulnerability and pain of having such an experience.
Driven by a rhythmic bass line, the song is filled with moody and vibrant synths, woodwinds, Middle Eastern inspired strings along with percussion ranging from the djembe to Middle Eastern to Indian percussions. The artiste combines ethereal Pop/RnB with South-Asian soundscape to bring a new genre she calls ‘Goddess Pop’.
Talking about the song, Nikitaa said in a statement, ‘The song has a dark theme as its basis – it started off as a way to vent about the ups and downs of dating someone very toxic. Both sonically and lyrically the song went through several transformations and eventually became about how dating someone who is that way feels like a ‘bad trip’ in itself, and that coming out of it feels both empowering and extremely difficult.”
The video, which has been shot in Los Angeles, is directed by Alex Bar, professionally known as Trophy Boy. She further added, “I wanted to create something catchy, hooky, powerful and yet emotional. I wanted the process of creating art out of something so painful to be fun, still sound beautiful, and still be a really great listening experience.”
“I did also play up the idea of God as a woman, forgiveness and confessions in the verse and pre chorus. I wrote the melody and lyrics myself, and co-produced the song with long-time collaborator Mukund Komanduri. I hope the audience resonates with it as much as I do and cannot wait to hear their feedback”, she concluded.