Sulene – What We Had

Sulene is a South African artist who moved to NYC three years and a half ago. During all this time, she has been the lead guitarist for the solo project of fun.’s Nate Ruess, managing to play all over the world and also at the White House for the former POTUS Barack Obama (please come back!). At the same time, the now 26-year-old musician was honing her skills too, writing music that eventually she would have released. That time has now arrived, with Sulene dropping her debut single What We Had via Billboard, a song that mixes scratchy guitar lines and sparkling, synth-laden hooks, reaching a true peak in the massive sing-along chorus.

Speaking of the track, she said: “I wrote ‘What We Had’ a few days after I returned home from a long world tour that was now over. I felt the typical post-tour depression so many touring musicians deal with. I found myself moping around my Brooklyn apartment, reminiscing about high school and college — the freedom of being brave without yet being jaded or afraid or inundated with responsibilities. The song pays homage to every little relationship, friendship, and band I played in that shaped my life. I wanted to write about the small joys, remembering exactly what we had. Going home with your boyfriend for the first Christmas, snow fights in Boston, drinking whiskey by the Charles River, and the first time my friend and I dyed my hair blue on a whim in her bath tub. I wrote this EP to inspire myself to create something new — a new record, as one chapter was closing in my life and another was opening.

The song is off a new EP titled Strange which is due to release later this year.


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