• The electronic musician Azam Ali is best known for her work in the duo Niyaz. "Hope" is the first single from her solo album Phantoms, which has a Cocteau Twins influence. Regarding the sentiment behind the song, she told Songfacts: "'Hope' is a poignant reflection on the grim social/political state in the world in which we are witnessing a global resurgence of nationalism and extremism."

    Regarding the album as a whole, she said: "The lyrical content delves into and explores the philosophies of spiritual humanism. The ongoing quest in our human existence to harmonize our outward journey in the material world, with our inner journey seeking sublimation and truth. To fill our potential and find liberation. To transform pain into an illuminating force through the highest artistic expression. And at the center of it all, lies universal, unconditional love for everything and everyone within the cosmos."

    You can hear "Hope" here.
  • Azam Ali not only wrote this song, but handled the programming, production and vocals as well. She takes pride in being a female who can create a song entirely on her own in the male-dominated world of electronic music.


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