Ferdous release his third single ‘Wasteland’ ahead of the release of his second EP ‘Doors’
Born in the Netherlands to Afghan refugee parents, Ferdous first found musical success as one half of electro-pop duo Kylne. Ferdous has since taken to the drivers seat crafting warm and dark R&B inspired tracks with sprinkles of electronic textures in his production, an allusion to his past projects. Set to release his second EP ‘Doors’ early of next year, Ferdous has already gifted listeners with the sultry single ‘Tolerate’ and the warm bouncy R&B number ‘Trust/Verify’. Now ‘Wasteland’ sees Ferdous tender and emotive vocal delivery weave over a higher-tempo trap-leaning instrumental. Ferdous always creates warm textures in his tracks adding further depth to his production. ‘Wasteland’ features a reversed and phased-sounding sample that acts as the backbone of the track, creating consistent movement to the instrumental.
Ferdous is an all encompassing artist who strives for authenticity and self-expression in all areas. His decision to continue working with critically acclaimed photographer Nick van Tiem is a way for him to explore the roots of his musical identity. “As an artist I have always been unconsciously affected by parts of my heritage, I wanted to highlight these things in the artwork,” he explains. “It’s also a way for me to express that I’m not defined by one simple thing or just one side of my background, no matter how much people want to categorize everyone and everything. I am what I choose to be and that can be many things, I put high value on that in my life as a person and artist.”
Telling us more about the release, Ferdous says: “There’s a lot of bitterness I’ve put into this song, but I had so much fun while doing it and I hope it’s somewhat relatable. It’s about coming out of a terrible place that you didn’t realise was terrible while you were in it, and about feeling like an idiot to have tried and make something work so desperately when it was never going to.”