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Benighted Enlightened

by Nana Lourdes

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Lourdes offers this on the song, “I wrote this song years ago so I don’t really specifically remember what I was going through anymore (but probs nothing major??). I believe I was trying to come to terms with the fact that I’m always going to be two halves being pulled in extremely opposite directions. It can be pretty unbearable and very distracting at times but it’s all about balance!”


About the Hardly Art Singles Series:
2022 marks 15 years of Hardly Art and 15 years of sharing music we love from artists we love. From The Duchess and the Duke to Hunx and His Punx to Protomartyr to La Luz to My Idea, we’ve been lucky to be the label home for some of our favorite artists from the past 15 years. In the spirit of continuing the legacy, we’re unbelievably stoked to launch Hardly Art 15. Over the course of the year we’ll share 15 new singles from 15 of our favorite artists that we think should be your favorite artists too.


Every night I worship at an altar of my own
My quota of emotion has been limited to none
I’ll give you some of mine if you give me some of yours

I’m so infernally convinced my personal mythology
consists of bile and violence, lungs filled with crude anxiety
The vileness and diligence with which I live will be the death of me
Death of you

Benighted, enlightened
I wanna say I’m frightened

You felt as hot as Hades and your cheeks had dirt and dust
And I said
The truth is that I don’t have much to give but I have love

This confidence I didn’t have the slightest trace of before
Times when I really shouldn’t are exactly when I really should
You have ignited all this trust within me
I’m alone but I’m not lonely anymore

Can you feel it can you,
Can you feel it can you,
Can you feel it coming our way?

Benighted, enlightened
I wanna say I’m frightened


released May 12, 2022
Written, produced, and mixed by Nana Lourdes
Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering

Artwork by Nana Lourdes

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