"Free Again" is Arima Ederra's official return to music. The Los Angeles-based artist has been active — you might've heard her vocals on Noname's Room 25 — but hasn't released any solo work in a while. And, thankfully, it's a triumph! Produced by Jon Bap, the song moves like skipping through a forest on a sunny day. Arima's vocals and songwriting are deft, sitting perfectly above a hearty bass and skittering drums. If you've been in a funk lately, maybe triggered by the state of the world or the end of summer, "Free Again" might lift you right up.
"'Free Again' is an ode to imagination, growing up and harnessing the childlike energy we all carry with us. It felt like an imaginary friend shaking up adult me, reminding me what freedom feels like. Or to at least reinvent what it means to me now," says Arima. "This friend also helped me realize how easy it is to fall into the other(mostly self)-imposed trap of what and who I'm supposed to be. It sounds complicated but the best advice is usually quite simple: 'oh friend, come be free again.'"