Forget about sleepy lullabies. NYC-based electro-pop duo FIIZ‘s “NIGHTCAP” is more like a late-night hangout with your coolest, introspective best friends. Fiona Sweeney and Isabelle Miller, the minds behind, aren’t just spinning electropop tunes; they’re weaving their experiences and perspectives into music that shimmer with rebellion, introspection, and a healthy dose of future-mindedness.
From the opening notes, “NIGHTCAP” throws you into their world. It’s not your typical pop with predictable melodies; it’s a playful mix of hyperpop and EDM that keeps your ears on edge and your body swaying. Sure, it pushes boundaries, but there’s a raw honesty woven into the tracks, making you feel like you’re privy to their late-night conversations translated into catchy beats and pulsating synths.
The lyrics don’t shy away from the real stuff – the anxieties and questions that keep us up at night, like the world we’re shaping and the legacy we’re leaving behind. Tracks like “Phantom Limb” are mesmerizing, with Fiona and Isabelle’s voices intertwining like whispered secrets, creating an atmosphere that’s both intimate and thought-provoking. It’s the kind of song you listen to on repeat, not just because it’s deep and catchy, but because it sparks something within you.
And then there’s the story of FIIZ itself. Two musical theatre veterans finding solace and creative expression during a global crisis? Now that’s relatable. Their journey from quarantine blues to electropop pioneers is an ode to self-belief and the transformative power of creativity, even when the world feels uncertain. Their mantra, scrawled on a piece of paper – “Nobody believed in us except for us” – shines through in every beat and lyric. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most rewarding journeys begin with believing in yourself, even when it feels like no one else is watching.
photography by Lara Tedesco