Back in May, New York City-based singer/songwriter Vania caught our attention with her debut single “Surrender.” She has kept our attention with “Wonder” her second single and follow-up that proves that she is a voice in pop music worth paying attention to.
On “Wonder”, which she self-produced along with Elliot Jacobson, Vania commands the speakers with an atmospheric electronic pop sound that is both vibrant and full of life, while also exploring chilly sonic territory that has an ethereal, otherworldly quality to it.
As we said last time around, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that Vania hails from Sweden. It has a bit of a Swedish pop influence that she hones in perfectly, never imitating the best of Swedish pop, but using it to mold into something very much of her own.
Reflecting on the creative state in which “Wonder” was written, Vania says:
It was a few years into my recovery and I was frustrated with my progress. I craved the false sense of power that being ill gave me and all I wanted was to return to the place where I’d had the complete care and attention of the people around me. I was worried that this topic would be triggering for myself and for others, but I take comfort in knowing that, rather than resorting to old behaviors, I chose to mourn through my music.