Driven by a thrashing, fixated beat and palm-muted punk guitar riffs, GIUNGLA’s latest “Wrong” is a forceful, foreboding track which finds the Italian singer-songwriter admonishing a self-described know-it-all, judgmental individual in her life, as she repeats “why do I even bother? Why do I even love her?” And as the chaotic instrumentals pulse the tune to its stark close, her message of discontentedness cuts through unmistakably, as she laments “even you, even you, even you, sometimes you’re wrong.”
Italian enigma GIUNGLA returns with the gripping new single Forest, a gritty electro-pop gem with mechanical production à la Grimes fused with a punk rock friendly melody echoing Peaches, as she slurs “I just don’t know what I saw / I just don’t want to know what I saw.” Led by a warped, punchy beat and punctured by antagonistic guitar, the murky sonics slither like a night jaunt down a winding, wood-covered road. But it’s the eerie, otherworldly synth line that drives the song all the way into the depths, as she slurs “Every time I get lost, come and save me / I close my eyes so many things, over and over.”
GIUNGLA is Emanuela Drei, Italian-born singer-songwriter based in Bologna. Giungla in Italian means ‘jungle’. As a metaphor, this word often refers to situations that are chaotic, evokes confusion, and is deeply connected to the idea of survival, especially in the modern world. But at the same time it refers to a rich environment with many and varied forms of life. In this sort of tangled-happy-place, where there’s no room for reason and control, minimal pop songs with an in your face attitude have come alive. Imagine them discovered this way, as if they were torn and shredded into a million pieces.