"This collection of songs comes out of a college experience. These songs are steeped in the relationships I had
while at school with three different girls. These songs kind of document my
collegiate love life in a way. I know it sounds cliché and like of course we
write about girls, but these relationships were game changers. The things they
made me feel were wild and new and tragic and completely debilitating. There
are songs mostly about the endings of these relationships cause like who wants
to hear about how dope falling in love is. It’s the dopest. But I think in a
lot of ways I use writing as a therapeutic exercise, and putting these kind of
tragic stories behind drums and a chorus and synths and other people chanting
with me, it makes these difficult memories more manageable, and allows me to
find beauty in a lot of the hurt that the songs are about. It’s a lot like
re-writing an ending. I mean when the breakups happened I was a crying, broken
mess. But when I sing about those moments of despair I'm yelling, I'm beating
my drums. It becomes triumphant, it becomes different than what happened.
Making music from those broken pieces changes the history and changes how I
remember what happened and it changes how I think about these women. And
ultimately allows me to function without my heart bleeding all over the place,
cause sometimes you get dumped.
And then there's Tomboy, a song I
wrote for my sister for her 23rd birthday. It was during college after being
abroad, it’s about wanting to be closer to someone, it’s a request and an
affirmation of love. I adore and admire my sister, she's an actress in NYC and
she's boss at it. I think I started writing it after we had a fight maybe. It’s
about getting angry and knowing that it’s ok, as long as there it is repair.
This song is to let her know that its ok to let it all out, that the love that
makes us a family can stand the force of her anger and any squabbles we might
have. Its about me getting over myself to say that I shall not be perturbed,
cause she's my sister after all.
So I guess in a way this collection
of songs is about a group of women who have seriously affected me over the past
couple years. These women are wild. And each of them forced me to look at
myself in a different way. These songs kind of document that pilgrimage."
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