Ai Bendr has shared a new song with the release of the soul anthem “The Deep,” a bottomless track that highlights her already stunning vocals. The chosen moniker of Australian-born and Michigan-raised Chioma Ai Bendors Ilozor, 18-year-old Ai Bendr has a habit of piecing together soothing mixtures of R&B that are as much a source of healing as they are retellings of intense strife.
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On “The Deep,” Bendr lets her soft murmurs drift alongside spacious beats as she does her best to tenderly trace the struggles of drug addiction within the song. A raw exhaustion bleeds through the track’s airy sonics as Bendr’s heartwrenching gasps become a plea: “Don’t let me fall too far.” And yet the “The Deep,” for all its blue melancholy and depression, glows in the dark with ebbing waves of Bendr’s sonorous voice — a faint but constant light in the darkness.
Bendr, who has shared previous singles “Coffee” and “Love Me Low” (featured on HBO’s Euphoria), is well on her way to a debut of some kind soon. Back in her studio in L.A. the young singer will be one to watch this year!
Listen to Ai Bendr’s new single “The Deep” below!