NYC-based artist, blogger, and performer. A lover of thrifting, collector of Spotify playlists, and enthusiast of cheap wine.
Our pursuits of love have dramatically shifted over the years. What was once hours-long conversations on the shared family kitchen phone has evolved into Snapchat streaks, overnight Facetimes and infamous “talking stages.” More often than not, talking stages quickly dissipate into could-have-been’s; but the emotional toll it takes on you to put forth so much energy is very real.
For trailblazing 17-year old musician Elyse Jewel, the pain of having to accept the idea of a relationship with someone rather than live it was enough to force her to put pen to paper and write her latest single, Friends. One thing you can expect from Elyse Jewel is vulnerability, and the courage to pop off. Inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo, she rejects dipping her toe into the pop-princess-breakup-anthem trope and instead dives headfirst.
Friends is the prime theme song for modern teenage love. It’s got everything: unrequited love, anger, and a catchy beat. Jewel’s sweet and earthy vocals remind you of laughing by your locker hoping to catch a glimpse of your crush in the hallway. Her harmonies, both lush and supportive, wrap you in the tightest hug. Not only does she display a real power as a musician, but also just as a young woman. Don’t ever underestimate a scorned teenage girl.