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Gemma Cockrell
Gemma Cockrell

Music journalist based in Nottingham. If I’m not listening to music, I’m watching Formula 1.

Madrid-based newcomer DORA releases new pional-produced single ‘Te Vas’

18-year-old Madrid-based newcomer DORA today releases her new single ‘Te Vas’, produced by Pional (The xx, John Talabot, Empress Of). The release of this single follows her recent support dates with Noga Erez, as well as an appearance at The Great Escape Festival, and the release of her debut EP Sin Prisa No Quiero Morir’ in April of this year.

She rose to prominence with a series of singles released throughout 2021, which led to her being chosen to represent Spain in Spotify‘s global emerging-artist program RADAR. Since then, she has graced the cover of Vogue España, and been chosen to participate in Apple Music’sUp Next‘ program, which has previously featured acts such as RosalíaBillie Eilish and Bad Bunny.

Lyrically, ‘Te Vas’ references new beginnings. DORA explains: “Te Vas is pure pre-summer hedonism. I just finished high school, passed all my exams and in 15 days I’m leaving with my two best friends to explore Europe. This is all real. They are the ones who appear in this wonderful video directed by artist Rafa Castells. This song is my way of celebrating, one cycle closes and another begins, fireworks! But always with one foot in the shade, as I like. Produced by my homie Pional.”

DORA’s music combines influences from a variety of genres, including bolero, UK garage, indie-electronic and electro pop. She transitions seamlessly between English and Spanish lyrics during the different parts of her songs, similar to the way that an artist like Christine and the Queens intertwines her French native tongue with English lyrics.

‘Te Vas’ begins with an English verse, before swapping to Spanish for the pre-chorus, returning to English for the chorus of the track. The track has a laid back tone which is simultaneously upbeat, which may seem confusing since these are two descriptions that would often contrast, but here they make perfect sense, resulting in the track being the perfect anthem for the summer.

Listen to Te Vas’ here: