“I’ve always felt like an outsider,” Au/Ra muses. “Not just because of growing up on an island in the Caribbean, but also because I’ve always been an introverted person. I’ve always wanted to make music for people who don’t feel like they fit in, just to say, ‘It’s okay to be weird, and different. Whoever you are, you shouldn’t feel like your less important just because you don’t fit in with the typical in crowd. I want to make music that will hopefully make others feel understood, because that’s what I would want to hear.”
Au/Ra is providing a kind of space where misfits feel at home, and where the listener gets to peer for a minute through the lens of an artist who has simultaneously grown up outside the system, but who speaks with the zeitgeist of her generation.