Down the Rabbit Hole with Ashe

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Ashe’s big solo introduction to the world comes out strong on her EP, The Rabbit Hole. After becoming increasingly successful on several feature tracks with Louis the Child, Whethan, and more, the California native is finally stepping out with her own sound.

Opening song, “After Life” immediately takes you on a journey influenced by the 1865 Lewis Carroll story about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She gently sings, “Don’t need saving, I’m waking my mind, I’m not waiting until after life.” Ashe’s ability to make any song feel magical is so evident on this EP. We’ve heard similar magic on her single with Louis the Child, titled “World On Fire”.

The Rabbit Hole features trippy, fun, and romantic elements. Each song becomes a stem from the tree of Ashe’s mind but manages tackles a new concept. Her impressive roots are at Berklee College where she focused on swing music, composing for big bands/orchestras, etc. Listen to the enchanting Gatsby-esque “We Get High” and everything will make sense. Vintage trumpets and roller coaster vocals make this one a modern day novelty anthem.

“Real Love” and “Someone To Lose” prove to be the most romantic off the EP. “Lose” features powerful imagery and a bountiful chorus I can’t stop listening to on repeat. While the empowering “Real Love” is catchy as ever – something Ashe has mastered in her writing and melody abilities.

For an EP, I’m blown away and can’t wait to hear a full Ashe production in the near future.

 


 

 

On Repeat: “Better Not” – Louis the Child

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The day before they melted faces at Coachella, Louis the Child released a new single, “Better Not” featuring alt-electro singer, Wafia.

Following suit to most of their vocally driven singles (listen to “It’s Strange” and “Right To It”), this one is just as electric as the rest. Wafia has been garnering a lot of attention lately and is slowly becoming a serious force in her own realm of music. Her soft voice sings loving lyrics; “It’s true love, don’t fake it, you better not, you better not.”

The Chicago based duo have curated their sound to be something so insanely unique to the EDM/pop genre. Keeping a regular pop song structure makes this one radio-ready at any moment. While the drop is meticulous in the coolest way, steel drums and handclaps hover over each verse right before a bouncy drop.