New York-based singer and songwriter Xondra shares ‘Inner Child,’ the latest single from her upcoming EP, “Tedious & Brief.”
‘Inner Child’ opens with Xondra’s stirring vocals and sparse instrumentation before surging into a lively rock-inspired chorus. Following on the heels of her powerful feminist anthem ‘Dead Girl,’ which was released last month, ‘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.”
Xondra (she/they) is the musical moniker of Alexondra O’Connell. Born to Cuban/Puerto Rican and Irish parents and raised on Long Island, New York, she found her love for music and songwriting at a young age. As a child she would sit in front of the radio for hours, writing down lyrics that struck a chord with her and creating new songs out of those lyrics. In her teens, she started to write her own songs as a means to process her growing pains, and, at 18, Xondra headed to SUNY Purchase’s Music Conservatory to further hone her skills and find her sound.
Blending elements of pop, rock, R&B, and indie-pop, her music explores feminist themes with heartbreakingly honest delivery. Across the six tracks that make up her upcoming 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.”
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