Adorn with a tinge of psychedelic verve, Realma’s newfangled, buoyant single ‘Ashgrey Butterfly’ tackles social burnout through a Dickinson-esque nature motif and a subtle taste of irony


A nostalgic, coming-of-age reminiscence…

Adorn with a tinge of psychedelic verve, Realma’s newfangled, buoyant single ‘Ashgrey Butterfly’ tackles social burnout through a Dickinson-esque nature motif and a subtle taste of irony.

Realma is ready to announce her third, vivacious single ‘Ashgrey Butterfly’ that evokes a vibrant fairyland, being symbolically dedicated to nonconformity and all misfits like herself.

Gazing through neo-symbolism once more, Realma paints a whimsical fay scenery in her newest single, ‘Ashgrey Butterfly’, while addressing real-life concerns of social burnout, loneliness and depression prevalent in modern adolescence and young adulthood. Although, on the surface, the twinkly music exudes a dreamy, euphoric nostalgia in the psychedelic mix of orchestral and synth textures, the ambiguous lyrics are poignant in their sobering slice of irony:

“It’s an interesting song, since it emanates a kind of Disney vibe, especially in my instrumentation and singing style, yet there is also a bit of that teen-witchy 90s Charmed aura. Some might even recognize the single’s grandiose touches as a nod to Enya. Fundamentally though, the lyrics depict a very personal, endlessly uncertain struggle on how to find one’s place when always feeling out of place. Perhaps the metaphorical juxtaposition between the ashen butterfly and colour-obsessed bees found here is somewhat Dickinson-esque. In the sense that the poet utilized similar nature motifs with tones of melancholy in her ever-questioning poetic space of solitude.” – REALMA.

Another unique aspect of ‘Ashgrey Butterfly’ is its upcoming release in four distinct versions: “Because the original track is so complex, I ended up creating three variations for performance, each with a unique sonic flavour. There is a kind of ‘classical’ score I’ve written for oboe and string quartet, more delicate and exotic comparing to the playful acapella arrangement for six vocals. Finally, the band version is reminiscent of the indie style heard in teen flicks.” – REALMA.

Like her previous tracks, ‘Ashgrey Butterfly’ marks another installment of Realma’s long-term audiovisual collaboration with the award-winning animator and artist, Mihajlo Dragaš: “My main aim for the 2D animation was to emphesize the feelings of nostalgia and youthfulness underlined by the music. And so, I tried to simulate the old-school ink and watercolor art styles to help cast the same wistful appeal heard in the song. With the addition of sparkling colors, which contrast the darker, plaintive blues of the lonely fairy, the audience will discover how the colourful vistas the character is hypnotised by might be deceiving.” – MIHAJLO DRAGAŠ.

With this brand-new track, Realma is once again excited to be delving further into the music world with a single that explores yet another new angle of her insights, introducing yet another distinct realm in her musical universe. Keep an eye out for her fourth single , which will further emphasise the unique divisions of her musical persona.

Artist Bio

Otherworldly. Transformative. Postmodern. Meet Realma – a sorceress at the heart of a songwriter.

Realma is an intimate musical alter-ego of an independent Serbian/Chinese polymodal artist. Her music has been featured in Rolling Stone India, Calvert Journal, Music Crowns, Zile si Nopti, Vreme and numerous other media outlets across the world, as well as Femikseta 9 and 10 – yearly compilations of original music by Serbian female artists.

While her eye-catching live session videos feature notable locations, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Felix Romuliana and Botanical Garden “Jevremovac”, Realma’s animated music videos, in collaboration with the award-winning animator and artist Mihajlo Dragaš, have been a part of multiple international film festivals, including Lift-Off Global Sessions, Flipbook Film Festival and Animest. Most recently, her performance at Femix Fest has been described by as “Eclectic, distinct and multidisciplinary” and her single has entered Top 3 semifinals in the MArte Live European competition.

By finding unlikely intersections that border the traditional and the experimental, the mystical and the quotidian, Realma is foremost a neo-symbolist at her core. Using otherworldly sonorities and narratives to confront the everyday in all its light and dark hues, the artist wields the medium of songwriting as a transformative force of reverie and escape. Like disparate realms reflected in the crystals of a sorceress, her songs manifest divergent themes through influences of different musical genres. Fused together by the omnipresent witchy quality, Realma’s music is both atavistic and postmodern, gloomy and empowering, filmic and life-like. Within such a multi-genre brew, each song and its animated accompaniment represent a distinct adventure in her unique audiovisual universe.

Based upon Realma’s art songs, Realmaverse is her multi-genre audiovisual universe infused with engaging characters and their gripping stories. Realma and her team are currently working on the exciting possibilities of shaping this musical universe into a powerful franchise, with plans to extend the storyworlds into the comic, tabletop RPG and video game mediums.