Straight From The Artist is a bi-monthly series where we invite different musical artists to create a playlist based on any subject they want. It can be about anything they desire or want to promote and this month we’re handing over the reigns to ÊMIA.
ÊMIA, real name Anh Le, is an indie pop artist based in Brooklyn who has been slowly climbing her way up the industries ladder. She initially started at age 13 where she released an array of covers on youtube, which we highly recommend you checking out, from artists like Twenty One Pilots, Rihanna and Ariana Grande to name a few.
This lead to her beginning to work with tastemaker labels such as ALT:VISION, MonsterCat Records, and Majestic Casual Records to name a few. Soon she began collaborating with a lot of upcoming electronic artists which resulted in her slowly building a name for herself with her celestial vocal and created a bridge between the electronic and underground scene.
Now ÊMIA is releasing her own brand of effortlessly mesmerising melodies, emotionally enthralling voice and honest lyrics, helping her build a fanbase on a global scale. Now, without further ado we will now hand over to ÊMIA as she takes you through her playlist of Pop Superheroes!
Straight From ÊMIA
These are 10 of my favorite pop songs and artists at the moment. I didn’t intend for them to be all women but..haha here we are! I think these ladies are all challenging the sound of pop music– in both production and melody/lyrics. As much as I love a simple song about being sad after a breakup, I think each of these songs capture very feelings that often go unnoticed. 10 Pop Superheroes, saving pop music from its status quo.
1. Mirage by Elina
This phenomenal piano/vocal ballad commands your attention. No bells or whistles needed, just a gripping melody and lyrics that stab you in the heart. I love everything Elina has released. She writes such grace and vulnerability that I aspire towards. In a genre where many artists are tempted to “flex” flashy production, the choice to keep this song stripped back shows so much intent – I’m obsessed.
2. Cry For Me by Violet Skies
Violet Skies has become one of my favorite new artists and writers. Nothing about “Cry for Me” feels out of place. I love the minimal production and the transparency of her vocal delivery. It’s misleadingly sweet. The restrained production masks the aggressive and empowering attitude underneath.
3. Happy by Julia Michaels
I think this song is every songwriter’s anthem. This has got to be the best pre-chorus to scream/sing when you’re sad. I don’t know how this girl does it, but she found a way to articulate the feeling of feeling bitter, lost, confused and doing whatever just to feel anything perfectly. If you’re not already on team Julia, do it before it’s too late.
4. Ahead of Yourself by Emily Burns
Emily Burns is like that cool older sister that would give great advice. This song is the perfect tongue-in-cheek response to the stereotype that girls are too emotional and clingy. She’s been releasing smash after smash. She’s absolutely one to watch in the pop world. I love the perspective of “don’t flatter yourself..I just kinda like you okay??”
5. Gemini Feed by BANKS
This song was released 3 years ago and it still sounds cutting-edge. BANKS is one of my all-time favorite artists. This is one of my top ten all-time favorite songs. The lyric “To think you would get be to the alter, like I’d follow you around like a dog that needs water” hit me so hard. I’m so excited for her new album. In the meantime, I’m just gonna be listening to this song on repeat like I have been since 2016.
6. Empire by Nina Nesbitt
Nina Nesbitt’s has catapulted in the limelight this past year. But to me, she’s still the bleach-blonde girl who was making beats in her dimly lit bedroom studio. She posted her rough draft of this tune on Instagram 2 years ago and it’s been so inspiring to watch her records come to life. I loved how this song was pretty much a self-fulfilling prophecy. She dreamed that she would take over the pop world and she’s absolutely crushing it.
7. Love U Better by Victoria Monet
This song get’s stuck in my head for hours and always brings a smile to my face when it comes up on my playlist. Besides being a genius and Ariana Grande’s right hand woman, Victoria Monet writes songs that make you feel beautiful and shameless. I dare anyone to listen to the pre-chorus and not feel 10/10.
8. Public Places by Daniella Mason
I cry in public a lot more than I’d like to admit, so this song was a little too relatable. I am sucker for any song that tugs at the heart strings, but is also makes me want to dance. Danielle Mason is a master at striking that balance. If you ever get the chance to see her live, you’ll be guaranteed to be blown away.
9. Finest Hour by Cash Cash ft Abir
I heard Abir for the first time when she opened for Jess Glynne in New York a few months ago. Holy Cow. Her stage presence was crazy. The performance of this song in particular gave me chills. This song literally calms me down when I’m feeling frustrated.
10. Hurt by Sasha Sloan
Sasha Sloan is one of my all-time favorite songwriters. I love how she takes feelings that everyone has felt before and puts them in this intimate package of carefully strung lyrics and interesting production. The “drop” to this song is my favorite drop ever. I’ve listened to it hundreds of times and it never gets stale.