21-year-old Finnish singer-songwriter ILON emerged as a hotly-tipped newcomer before she even released her first single. Armed with an original voice and amazing songwriting skills, ILON has drawn a great deal of attention on the international music field: Grammy awarded FINNEAS (Billie Eilish, Halsey) fell in love with ILON’s original voice and had her record a song he wrote (unreleased to date). ILON has also performed live on Instagram with rising UK pop star JC Stewart.
Now ILON demonstrates what the fuss is all about by sharing her debut single ‘selfish love’. The vocal class that first got her noticed really stands out, as ILON demonstrates an innate skill for maximising the emotional punch of her despondent lyrics. It’s the sound of an artist with the confidence and grace to realise that a song’s power can be heightened by remaining understated and unshowy. ListenHERE.
ILON commented, “Selfish love is about being hurt one too many times. The other person sees your vulnerability as a chance to abuse you, to pretend to love you to feel good about themselves. At this point you are already broken enough to see through their malevolence – You throw yourself into it completely, giving in to every emotion. Being in such a vulnerable state, it sucks to notice that the other person was never really in it wholeheartedly.”
The young talent writes her songs together with producer Ilkka Wirtanen. Together they tell memorable stories narrated by ILON’s dark and compelling voice and brought to life by Wirtanen’s original production. selfish love is the first peek into ILON’s mesmeric musical journey.
‘selfish love’ positions ILON as the next essential contender amongst a wave of Nordic artists who are making an international impact. The likes of Sigrid, Tove Lo and Mø have led the charge, but ILON offers something new.
Her voice has a timeless quality which is adept in any setting – she excels at performing songs by Khalid and Shawn Mendes just as much as she does when stepping back to interpret Leonard Cohen or Bonnie Raitt. Just as importantly, her own songwriting is relatable, accomplished and poised to make her a global proposition.