Paris Paloma’s “as good a reason” Is A Bold Love Letter To Women
September 1, 2023 BY Jason Currell
UK singer-songwriter Paris Paloma releases her bold new single and video for “as good a reason,” the punchy follow-up to her Billboard-charting breakthrough single “labour.” While “labour” was a rousing anthem to female empowerment, “as good a reason” delves into the beauty and strength women find in each other and their communities. With driving, soulful vocals and powerful storytelling, Paris effortlessly weaves an inspiring narrative of strength, resilience and joyful encouragement. The song is available everywhere HERE; watch and share the video HERE.
“’as good a reason’ is a love letter to the idea of women having conversations,” Paris says. “It’s passing knowledge down to each other, in a way that helps us to move away from the male gaze and patriarchy.”
It was in this spirit that Paris brough together a diverse group of women for a safe, open, and honest discussion around aging, self-love, and patriarchy. She adds, “I wanted to bring some wonderful women together to let our words meet in this space and see and hear each other, to celebrate the release of the single and reflect the community of my listeners with whom I hope the song resonates.” Watch/listen to the discussion HERE.
This past spring, Paris’ single “labour” ignited a wildfire of praise, catapulting her onto the U.K. Official Chart at #29 and seeing its Billboard chart debuts, including #13 Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, #13 Digital Song Sales, #12 Emerging Artists and #17 Bubbling Under Hot 100. The song garnered over 1.5 millions streams in its first 24 hours of release, and reached 1 Million YouTube views within a few days of release. Paris was also selected by YouTube to be their featured Trending Artist on the Rise and was recently named Billboard’s May 2023 Chartbreaker.
“labour” first started gaining momentum on TikTok due to fans’ rapturous responses to the song’s lyrics, garnering millions of views, uses and shares. The attention spurs from the powerful message behind the track. “‘labour’ takes us inside a relationship where the speaker’s self-worth is once again reduced, like many people who find themselves in draining relationships with undeserving people. Taking on all the emotional labour. But it is a breaking point… it is the first time the speaker acknowledges the toxicity of these dynamics, and the song is about the escape from that relationship,” Paloma says.
More recently, Paris released a stirring live rendition of “labour,” filmed at London’s legendary RAK Studios and complete with haunting strings and backup vocals by London Contemporary Voices, an all-female choir. Watch HERE.
Hot off the heels of her first U.S. shows at Bonnaroo and Summerfest, Paris will be performing at major festivals all across Europe and the U.K. this summer and fall. For more information and to purchase tickets to her upcoming shows, click here.
Paris Paloma Tour Dates:
September 15 – Paris, France – Supersonic Records
September 17 – Leffinge, Belgium – Leffingeleuren Festival
September 18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
September 19 – London, U.K. – EartH Theatre
September 23 – Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival
September 24 – Warsaw, Poland – Niebo
October 14 – Leeds – Live at Leeds
Originally hailing from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Paris Paloma channels the experience of womanhood into her songwriting, speaking to the female experience, and to the human experience at large, exploring themes of grief, love, death, and power. Her songwriting reads like poetry, drawing inspiration from figures throughout mythology, art history and the Romantics. Ranging from the tender and heartbreaking to the sublimely aggressive and vengeful, her ethereal sound takes influences from dark pop, folk, and indie genres; creating a magical discography that evokes something primal, powerful, and innately feminine.