The track Matthew 16:26 is the new lyric video by Belgian project Euphemia Rise, from their debut album Born A Cow, out via Epictronic worldwide.
«The lyrics are about the strong bond between two people who are in the same boat living on the wild side. The title refers to the bible verse: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” but the reference is more sarcastic than dramatic, as expressed in the flippant final phrase ‘What is the price of a soul like mine?’. The title is in a way also a tribute to Matthew Bellamy, as the song was composed using piano arpeggios that were inspired by Muse».
Born a Cow is Euphemia Rise’s debut album, comprising eight songs about the seamy sides of life. The tracks are all quite short and without elaborate instrumentals. I wanted the songwriting, lyrics and emotion to be paramount.
The songs are about sensitive souls coping with the world around them, being (sexually) different and facing people’s judgments – but also venture into darker subjects such as drug prostitution, sadomasochism, rape.. Nevertheless, the tone is never negative. I wanted the lyrics to be candid, shameless and dark, but in a way that would make people feel good about themselves, and provide comfort and self-acceptance. I wanted to make dark music that puts a smile on people’s faces.
Euphemia Rise was founded in 2020 by Brussels-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wim Lankriet. A combination of many influences (indie rock, psychedelic, synth rock, darkwave, altpop) Euphemia Rise’s short songs are characterized by a dark mood and emotional vibe, catchy melodies, a combination of guitars and electronics, and bittersweet lyrics with sharp edges.