In May, the Eritrean-born, Netherlands-raised singer released her new EP and accompanying short film, tackling questions of identity, self, and reclaiming her name
By Jess Kelham-Hohler Portrait by Joe Cruz Images courtesy of Rimon
The six R&B tracks, which the singer had originally written in 2019, offer an exploration of love and the surrender that it demands – a narrative arc that Rimon only realised once she gathered them in a collection. ‘What I tried to explore were the two feelings of fear and love, and trying to love someone but being fearful – and coming to the realisation that fear and love are not best friends in a relationship, so you have to surrender to love to truly love.’
'The concept of name is strange. It’s handed out at birth and you’re supposed to carry it with you for the rest of your life'
The film culminates in a rebirth that takes her back to the very beginning, with a new acceptance and knowledge of who she is. ‘Losing everything made me realise what it’s all about. The only one I ever loved and hated, the only one I ever abandoned and protected, the only one I return to, is me.’ Together, it offers a poignant and provoking exploration of identity and self-love.
While the making of the EP and accompanying film undoubtedly gave Rimon a space to explore and understand herself and her identity, she also found that opportunity during the enforced time in solitude at home. The result is a renewed energy and focus on what’s next - especially after hitting 13.9 million streams on Spotify this year. ‘I’m trying to take my time and show the world the next levels of this thing.’