‘In A Haunted House’ is the brand new single from Austrian-based singer/songwriter Filiah. She also recorded and produced the track, along with the others that make up her upcoming concept album For Someone. The song is a beautiful little piece – with warm acoustic guitars, elegant strings, and the brittle yet brave vocals of the talented songstress. As the track progresses, Filiah’s vocals take on a new dimension, and her confidence and fortitude shine through brightly. ‘In A Haunted House’ deals with saying goodbye to a toxic relationship, letting go, and opening oneself up to new opportunities. “And I’d rather walk, til my feet don’t remember, what it’s like to carry you.” sings Filiah. The musician describes her upcoming album as, “a raw and honest exploration of love, grief, nostalgia and all feelings in between.” We at Indie Top 39 simply cannot wait to hear it!
Pure, warm, honest, beautiful… ‘In A Haunted House’ soothes the soul! Thank you Filiah!INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
This song means so much to me. Writing and producing it felt like a trip through my old diary entries. Seeing this whole past toxic relationship of mine pass by me again just made me realize that fighting for this one person had me ending up really tired. I’m saying one final goodbye and making peace with a ghost I’ve held on to for a long time. It’s a reminder that trusting in people again is the hardest yet bravest thing you can do after trauma.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
‘In a Haunted House’ happened rather spontaneously. I was just jamming out in my living room then all of a sudden I couldn’t stop writing as I knew as soon as the first verse was done that this was going to be the last song on the album, completing the whole concept and idea behind it even more.
I always write from a very personal perspective (which can be scary but mostly incredibly healing) and sometimes songs just seem to want to get out, if that makes sense. After the song was done I couldn’t really explain how it came to be, only that I suddenly felt more at peace with the things I’m talking about in it.
In some way, writing and producing this song was like a whole self-love and care session where I finally made peace with that ghost that haunted me for such a long time.
What are your favourite lyrics in the song?
That’s a tricky one, especially cause my favorite lyrics always change with the mood I’m in. Right now though, it’d have to be the very last line of the song:
Next to the flower then lay it’s thorns.
For me, this represents shedding layers in order to open yourself up to new possibilities. For a while I felt like I was holding myself back from so many opportunities and good things that could happen because I was scared that I might end up getting hurt so badly again that this time I wouldn’t be able to get over it again. I don’t mean that in a relationship context but more in a general way – trusting people and yourself again is a difficult yet courageous and necessary thing to do.
What does success mean to you?
I used to think about that a lot, especially feeling pressured by social media culture and the times we live in. For me personally, it’s about being able to have people relate to what I have to say, and giving myself the chance to put my music and my words out there in order to reach someone who might need it.
I grew up picking apart everything I do, judging myself a lot, and just generally not being too nice to myself about everything! Right now, I’m so incredibly proud of how far I’ve come – producing an album, playing in several bands with my best friends and doing the thing I love the most, even if I can’t solely live off of my own music yet.
I stopped looking for a single definition for what success is to me, but that I’m rather trying to make it dependent on how I’m feeling every day – sometimes it’s a new release or a big show and sometimes it’s just getting out of bed in the morning.
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