Erockfor overcomes the ultimate romantic betrayal in her hypnotically soulful new single and video I Thought You Loved Me — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
Swaying to a seductive, rhythmically rich groove — and topped with distinctively idiosyncratic vocals reminiscent of Macy Gray, Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse — I Thought You Loved Me is the first single from the Montreal Afro-jazz artist’s debut album Phoenix, set for release on Oct. 1. It’s also a deeply personal track that frankly and unflinchingly chronicles the breakup of her marriage in 2014 — a life-changing event that prompted her to move from Canada to Korea, where she gained back her confidence, started doing burlesque and became a jazz performer.
“What happens when you come home, and there’s a woman on your marital bed?” asks Erockfor (pronounced eh-ROCK-for). “You write a song about it! While the song explores heartbreak and betrayal, I also wanted it to be hopeful. We can leave toxic situations and be OK.”
The Montreal-born artist of Cameroonian descent is working on her debut album, fusing Afrobeats, pop, house and jazz into tracks whose lyrics explore her emotional, spiritual and physical journey of the past several years. Erockfor, also known as Rocky, has been featured in Popdust, MTV West Africa and XONecole.
I Thought You Loved Me will be available on Friday, May 28 on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services worldwide. Check out the video above, hear more from Erockfor below, and tell her what you think on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.