Elsa Monroe – “I Only Died Twice”


A powerful new single from Elsa Monroe, “I Only Died Twice” moves with anthemic vocal power, string-laden illumination, and a sense of continuous momentum. A partnership with revered composer and sound engineer Jim Lowe (Nick Cave, Stereophonics, Taylor Swift), “I Only Died Twice” was written with inspirations from the James Bond film universe — particularly its ravishing music, which infuses enigmatic allure with a sensual appeal.

In addition to being a nod to the Bond film of the same name, “You Only Live Twice” is symbolic of Monroe’s resilience — representing a “spiritual death, a rebirth, and a second death to better rise again.” The opening lyrics are wholly indicative of these themes — “Once in the flesh again in their arms, I only died twice,” — as twangy guitars and cinematic strings linger underneath. Soaring moments, like the two-minute turn, are exemplary of Monroe’s captivating vocal presence — gripping further into the excellent “yet your lips burned to thrill,” bridge. “I Only Died Twice” is a riveting showcase from the Toulouse, France-based artist.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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