Dava Turns Anger into Validation with “New Ceilings”

Photo Credit: Milo Lee (@milolee11)

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // March 1, 2021

Having demonstrated her pristine vocal abilities in Colorado coffee shops, Dava would soon find her open mic nights long behind her. Now based in Los Angeles, the ambitious songstress has been treating us to R&B-infused pop fit for the gods. Ahead of her forthcoming debut EP, Sticky, Dava is spoiling us with her edgy new single, “New Ceilings.”

On “New Ceilings,” Dava explained,

“This song was written about survival and staying true to yourself. I was having a hard time financially after moving to LA and my phone was shut off while on my way to this session. I was upset with myself for prioritizing music when I really needed the money from driving Uber to stay afloat.”

Although “New Ceilings” was written out of anger, this anti-pop track brings us so much satisfaction and pure joy. Between the moody electronics and Dava’s irresistible vocals, “New Ceilings” gets us even more hyped for her highly anticipated debut EP, which is slated for release later this year. Shot, directed, and edited by Dava and Milo Lee, the accompanying visual incorporates fisheye lenses, dramatic hues, and the boisterous streets of Los Angeles.

“The day I wrote ‘New Ceilings,’ I was angry and I wanted a song that felt empowering and validated all the work I had put in up to that point. I ended up choosing different songs for my project but when I revisited this one year later, I felt it needed to be heard because of how authentically it embodies my struggle.”

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