At first glance Troi Irons could easily be labeled as R&B’s newest spawn of neo-soul, but her undercurrent of rock and rebellion is completely undeniable.
Born Troi Alexandria Irons in honor of the twin forces of the Ancient Greek city, Troy and the tyrant warrior, Alexander The Great, it’s no surprise the singer combats similarly deadlock forces in her own music. Irons’ latest offering, “Today,” from her debut EP, Turbulence, is perhaps her most conflicting yet accurate portrayal of her true essence. Speaking directly to her feelings of suicide, Irons grapples with her depression in a way that is morose and enchanting all at once.
Under the direction of Sebastian Sdaigui, the song’s accompanying visual finds Irons emerging from a cocoon-like state to undergo metamorphosis, similar to a butterfly, having to choose between a sweet surrender and hoping to “reach paradise.”
“The song and video are alike in the fact that it’s the first time I’ve gotten to release something that’s 100 percent me,” Irons explained to Interview Magazine.
The LA singer wrote and produced the track as well as conceived of the treatment for the video after being inspired by the image of a chrysalis.
“It’s an incredible feeling to recognize your artistic aspirations,” Irons said.
As we await the follow up to Turbulence, watch the video for “Today” below.