Track Review: Afraid of Nothing // Rose Gray and Kungs

‘Afraid of Nothing' Artwork Photographer: Leanda Heler Editor: Nathanaël Day

‘Afraid of Nothing’ is not just a song; it’s a revelation.

Imagine this: you find yourself in the heart of the club, surrounded by pulsating beats, bodies drenched in sweat, and the dazzling strobe lights painting the room in electrifying hues. In your hands, you clutch two drinks, lost in the euphoria of the moment. Suddenly, the unmistakable sound of ‘Afraid of Nothing’ floods the air. From that instant, your world undergoes a seismic shift. The music wraps around you, intoxicating and transformative, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

In a blistering whirlwind of sonic revelation, Rose Gray detonated onto the stage at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend this summer, delivering a performance that was spellbinding in terms of musicality and performance, as if she was made for the stage. At the concert, the audience heard ‘Afraid of Nothing’ before its debut, and it left a lasting impression. Finally, on the 18th of October, 2023, it was released for everyone.

Enter the sonic rendezvous that is ‘Afraid of Nothing’, a mesmerising alliance between Gray and the enigmatic French maestro, Kungs. Since Gray performed the song at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, fans have been meticulously combing through Instagram’s digital alleys, following every breadcrumb of the song’s creation. If this anthem doesn’t commandeer the club scene, I might just be compelled to stage a rave revival evolution.

This musical marvel marries the spirited essence of Brit-pop with Madonna’s unparalleled finesse, sprinkled with a dash of Lykke Li’s mystique. It’s a synthesis where the raw energy of Primal Scream collides with Madonna’s celestial grace, birthing a masterpiece that transcends musical boundaries. ‘Afraid of Nothing’ isn’t just perfection; it’s a sonic supernova, an opus that echoes through the ages with its intricate and different approach to rave revival, dance music. It is bringing something new to the scene that has yet to be explored. 

What truly captivates the audience is not just the music but the lyricism, a poetic masterpiece wrapped in electronic brilliance. Gray’s powerhouse vocals pierce through the intricate layers, leaving an indelible mark on the very essence of the song. This track, a beautiful love song, is cunningly concealed beneath a bed of techno blasts, a testament to Kungs’ musicality. Creating an enigmatic aura that resonates deeply. The juxtaposition of raw, heartfelt lyrics against the pulsating backdrop of electronic beats is nothing short of genius. It’s as if Gray has effortlessly intertwined the ethereal beauty of poetry with the relentless energy of techno, birthing a composition that transcends the boundaries of conventional music.

Her ability to navigate the realms of emotion within the confines of electronic soundscapes is awe-inspiring. Each verse is a revelation, every beat a heartbeat echoing with profound sentiment. It’s not merely a song; it’s an experience, an odyssey through the realms of love, passion, and the uncharted territories of electronic poetry. In this sonic masterpiece, Gray has forged a path that is both innovative and deeply moving, a testament to her artistic prowess and unparalleled creativity.

In a world constantly craving the next big thing, Gray stands as a beacon of authenticity and brilliance, reminding us all of the sheer power of artistic expression. Whatever she conjures next is bound to be a sensational masterpiece, a testament to her boundless talent and unwavering dedication to her craft. 

Words by Niamh McCabe

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