Athena Lim

Athena Lim Blends Funk and Folk in New Single “White Dust”

“White Dust,” the second single from emerging artist Athena Lim, offers a glimpse into her unique sound and style. Infused with elements of funk and folk, the track showcases Athena’s versatility as an artist, with a driving bass line representing the former and introspective and philosophical songwriting representing the latter.

The song draws inspiration from the words of philosopher Bertrand Russell, particularly his quote about a generation divorced from the slow processes of nature. Athena’s travels around Europe sparked the imagery of “cut flowers in a vase,” which she incorporates into the song. The combination of thought-provoking lyrics and the fusion of funk and folk creates a captivating musical experience.

“I’ve always admired Bertrand Russell for his compassion and vision. I’m not sure how he would feel about being quoted in an indie-pop song, but c’est ca. ‘A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced from the slow processes of nature, of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers, as though they were cut flowers in a vase.’ It was that line, ‘…cut flowers in a vase…’ that sprung to my mind whilst I travelled around Europe in particular” – Athena Lim Shares.

Athena Lim White Dust Artwork
Athena lim white dust artwork

Produced by James Atin-Godden, a seasoned producer, “White Dust” presents an upbeat alternative to Athena’s previous soft and lush single, “Being Someone.” With two more tracks expected by summer, anticipation builds for her upcoming EP release.

Athena Lim, a Canadian artist based in the UK, made the bold decision to defer acceptance to the Royal College of Art and Design in order to pursue music. In 2023, she extensively performed in the London music scene, establishing herself as an emerging talent. While Athena’s musical influences span various genres, including pop, blues, rock, folk, jazz, reggae, and classical, her individual indie-folk-pop sound shines through.

With her first EP completed and the release of “Being Someone” on Valentine’s Day, followed by “White Dust” on March 10th, Athena Lim is making her mark in the music industry. Her next single, “Lil’ Kindness,” is set for release on April 21st, and she is already working on her sophomore album, expected in 2025.

Athena’s songwriting influences include iconic artists such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Lana Del Rey, and Dolly Parton. In terms of sound, she draws inspiration from Winterbourne, George Ezra, Toots and the Maytals, Parliament Funkadelic, Coldplay, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, Feist, and many others.

Overall, “White Dust” showcases Athena Lim’s talent as a singer-songwriter and artist. Her fusion of genres, introspective lyrics, and captivating sound set her apart as an emerging artist to watch. With her EP and future releases on the horizon, Athena Lim’s musical journey promises to be an exciting one.

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