Premiere: Ana De Llor – ‘Penelope’

Having previously received acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, Lisbon-born London-based artist Ana De Llor has now shared her haunting second single.

Inspired by Greek mythology and women’s place in society, ‘Penelope’ is propelled by the tribal beats of Portuguese frame drums and a glitchy groove, as the soaring, subtle power of De Llor’s rich majestic vocals flows over an innovative, electro-infused soundscape. A truly spellbinding offering bathing in a sparkling hypnotic allure and exquisite cinematic grace.

Of the meaning behind the track, De Llor expands:

“As a woman, I feel we are not allowed to be as sexually liberated, the same way Penelope wasn’t in the Odyssey. It was expected of her to turn down any suitors that came onto her while her husband was away on an indefinite journey that amounted to twenty years in the end. While away, he made the decision to move on and lay with Goddesses, nymphs and common girls alike. I wanted to imagine a world where Penelope moved on and chose to be happy instead. Where she put her needs and her desires first.”


‘Penelope’ is out tomorrow, 26th June.

Mari Lane