The indie-pop trio known as Lotion Princess has just unveiled their latest single, “Reassurance,” which was released on Friday, June 9th. This ethereal track delves into a myriad of complex themes, with one of them being the longing for reassurance. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a toxic dependency on needing reassurance so desperately that it feels like survival depends on it. The opening lines set the tone: “Are you mad at me? I don’t know what I mean. I just wanna feel closer to you, baby. All this insecurity grows so deep inside of me.” The song’s energy and power stem from the desperate pursuit of certainty. The backing vocals in the chorus, “Want you…to know…I’m sorry,” capture the genuine sincerity of the apology, yet they emerge from a place of honesty and brokenness.
“Reassurance” delves deeply into themes of mental health awareness, relationships, self-worth, and more. The single’s core revolves around the grip that OCD can have on an individual and their relationships. Sasha Snoad, the singer-songwriter of Lotion Princess, shares her personal struggles with OCD and its impact on her own life:
“I’ve battled relational OCD and other forms of OCD my entire life. When people think of OCD, they often envision cleanliness and being a ‘neat freak,’ but for me, it manifests as dynamics in close relationships. OCD operates through obsessions followed by compulsions. My compulsion is constantly seeking reassurance, which I’ve done extensively in my relationship with my partner, soon to be my spouse. It’s not always about asking, ‘Do you want to be with me?’ It can be as simple as questioning whether something I said hurt their feelings or if they’re mad at me. This song explores the frustration and guilt I experience when I bring my OCD into our relationship and the pain it causes. It gives voice to the panic I feel during the OCD cycle and the yearning for recovery. Simultaneously, this song is about self-care during my lowest moments, especially when I get angry at myself for not healing faster.”
Lotion Princess, comprised of Sasha Snoad, Tommy Sherrod, and Andrew Grossman, emerged from Washington, D.C.’s DIY music scene in 2016. Their hypnotic and expansive sound has been likened to “an aural form of a cathartic walk in the woods” by DCist. In their debut EP, “Take Care,” released in 2019, Sasha Snoad established herself as a talented songwriter, drawing on personal experiences of heartbreak to create a deeply emotional record. The trio followed up with three singles in 2020 that explored queer love, friendship, and mental health. One standout track from the collection is “In the Summer,” a breakup anthem filled with driving beats and soaring harmonies that exude hope, confidence, and a hint of anger and regret. Lotion Princess’s music has the power to make listeners feel seen, recognize their own value, and be kinder to themselves.
“Reassurance” marks the recent release from Lotion Princess and is now available for streaming on all major platforms. The single is part of their upcoming second EP, set to launch later this summer. Stay tuned to Lotion Princess’s social media channels for updates on their upcoming shows and ticket information.
The soul-stirring debut single, “It’s Gonna Be Okay,” from singer-songwriter Emily Nicole Green, has made its way onto all major music streaming platforms as of June 8th, 2023.
In a world that often tries to convince us that hope is lost, “It’s Gonna Be Okay” emerges as a shining light for those who need it most, as Green passionately sings, “the ones still out there on the ledges.” This heartfelt track offers accessible and relatable lyrics that extend understanding and empathy to listeners. Lines like “No one’s fine, we’re all fraying at the edges” and “Sometimes, ya’ just need to hear ’em say, it’s gonna be okay” resonate deeply.
Emily Nicole Green expertly blends elements of Americana, folk, and jazz within the confines of a traditional pop structure, resulting in a powerfully poignant earworm that eases both individual and collective heartache.
Green shares that her personal healing journey is intimately intertwined with her songwriting process. Her words carry a weight that can be felt throughout your entire being. They echo the struggles we face while trying to meet society’s overwhelming demands and unrealistic expectations. With her soul-stirring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Green has secured her place among her peers and the wider conversation. Her ability to convey nuanced emotions through her performances and writing makes listeners feel as if she is speaking directly to them, no matter the challenges they may be enduring.
Describing “It’s Gonna Be Okay” as a lullaby we can sing to ourselves and our loved ones during times of hardship, Green recognizes the need for emotional support and acknowledges that adults, too, require lullabies. Life often places immense burdens on our shoulders, and seeking lifelines becomes necessary. Music has the power to show up for us when we need it most, imbuing us with resilience and aiding in the healing process. Green’s hope is that this song will act as a soothing balm for those in need of solace.
Emily Nicole Green’s debut single, “It’s Gonna Be Okay,” is now available for streaming. Let the poignant melodies and heartfelt lyrics serve as a lifeline and a reminder that healing and hope are possible, even in the darkest of times.
Jessica Woodlee, an up-and-coming sensation in the indie pop scene, has unveiled her latest track, “Suburbs,” an empowering anthem that delves deep into the quest for joy and tranquility in the midst of life’s complexities.
Known for her unwavering commitment to honesty and vulnerability in her musical creations, Jessica, a 20-year-old college student, is constantly navigating the challenges of young adulthood while grappling with her mental health. She understands that everyone faces days when their thoughts become overpowering, and “Suburbs” provides a much-needed release for those seeking solace and happiness.
The song itself embodies the anthemic pop genre, featuring the harmonious blend of acoustic guitars, uplifting synths, and relatable lyrics. This genre, popularized by artists like Taylor Swift and Lizzy McAlpine, has revolutionized the music industry by showcasing candid storytelling. With an impressive 600,000 streams on Spotify and a substantial social media following exceeding 20,000, Jessica is rapidly making her mark in the industry. As she prepares to release new music and continue her studies at Berklee, it’s evident that the name “Jessica Woodlee” will soon become a household name.
ALIA, an emerging artist known for their nonconformist approach, has embarked on a profound journey to find their place in music, all while maintaining an authentic, free-spirited essence in their sound and lyrics. Their transformation from a young girl to a queer, androgynous, non-binary musician has culminated in the release of their debut EP, a remarkably honest and awe-inspiring project.
Hailing from Denmark with a diverse heritage encompassing Egyptian, Moroccan, English, and Irish roots, ALIA has now found their home in London. Drawing influences from indie, folk, soft rock, and melodic genres, ALIA has crafted a soulful sound that reflects their personal experiences. Their music has been likened to iconic artists such as Joni Mitchell, Tracey Chapman, Jeff Buckley, Van Morrison, Lana Del Rey, LP, Leonard Cohen, and Tash Sultana.
Within ALIA’s solo journey, a special collaboration with Steven Young, also known as Mr Nobody, has emerged. Together, they have forged an unmatched bond, and with Steven’s production and engineering expertise, an exciting modern psychedelic rock chapter awaits in the coming year. Keep an eye out for their upcoming release in September.
The heart of ALIA’s artistry is evident in their EP, Soho Sessions – Side A. It encapsulates their passion for celebrating individuals’ freedom to love unconditionally and emphasizes that nobody is alone in this diverse world. ALIA wears their emotions openly, allowing listeners to connect deeply with their music.
ALIA explains, “I want people to feel my art and to lend a helping hand to those who have no syllables left in their lungs. I learned so much about myself writing this EP, and I hope people can carry this medicine with them on their life’s journey.”
Driven by an unwavering hunger and a desire to provide guidance, encouragement, comfort, and support, ALIA is poised to flourish in the music industry this year. Watch as they cultivate their talent and make a lasting impact through their art.