LA-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and filmmaker Holly Blair shares her new single ‘Friday The 13th’, via Future Gods. The track is taken from her upcoming EP ‘One Step Away Is Too Far’, out on 2nd June.
Written and recorded in her friend Charlotte's basement, 'Friday The 13th' was originally written just for fun and then forgotten about.
“We were hanging out one day and decided to mess around with a guitar loop she started playing. In about 5 minutes I had written the melody and lyrics and while Charlotte was working on building the track over the guitar loop. We then just kept building the track together. The song was originally just for fun, as Charlotte had expressed she wanted to get better at production so we sort of just went in with no expectations. You can hear that in the ending of the song where I’m laughing, it was truly just two friends in a basement messing around with an idea. For a while we forgot about the song, but Charlotte ended up sending it to Future Gods, the label we are both on just to see their thoughts, and we were encouraged by them to finish it."
With a guitar solo and finishing touches then added by producer Tim Carr, the track once again showcases Holly’s prowess as a songwriter and storyteller.
Speaking of the track, she says,
“Right before writing it me and Charlotte were talking about our respective avoidant tendencies and how that can make love hard. Like we both sort of felt at times we were letting people down by not being what they wanted us to be all the time. Whether it be our families or partners, this idea of being a “good girl” and how that just doesn’t feel authentic to us. So the chorus saying “you got me feeling all kinds of bad” is really about the guilt felt when you feel like you’re letting the people around you down by simply being yourself. I feel like, especially as women, we are raised to go into relationships and do whatever you can to make it work. We aren’t encouraged to walk away, and so I just want to say that it's okay to walk away, even if other people might not understand. It doesn’t mean you failed, it just means that that chapter was meant to end. And in the loud ending of the song, I hope that reclaiming of power is felt.”
Naming Bully, Rostam and Porches as her biggest musical inspirations, Holly’s music and art traverse the spaces in-between in an effort to mirror the natural spectrum of human emotion. As a queer, gender-fluid artist, she is interested in exploring environments that challenge fixed definitions. She creates cinematic, sonic, and lyrical worlds that breach the gap between genres in order to resonate with the inherent messiness of being human.
With her EP set for release on 2nd June, 2023 shows no signs of slowing down for the multi-faceted artist. Watch this space.
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