Singer-songwriter Eva B. Ross has accumulated the perfect toolkit to become the sharp and self-aware musician she is today, from growing up in LA with a musical family then diving into the History program at UCLA, all of the stars aligned to form her grasp on candid songwriting. Listening to Ross’ discog feels like you’re reading off of a freshly torn page of her diary, working through breakups and dancing at high school parties right there with her. From a young age Ross has been familiarized with the warmth and nostalgia of jazz, and you can see her musical history shine through in her debut EP ‘Playlist for the Apocalypse’. Implementing this 50's swing with all of the subtleties of a modern indie pop, creating and endless warmth and sense of nostalgia with every soft harmony and romantic guitar. It’s become well known that I have a special place in my heart for love songs or any sort of tale of longing or recount of a crush, so when I first played this record and heard ‘Subliminal’ I couldn’t get enough. Sending the song to all my friends yelling about how this song felt like looking into a mirror or re-reading texts I’ve sent on nights of frustration brewed out of having too many feelings. This is a song about wanting to hold onto all those almosts and maybes, the back and forth and inner conflict knowing you could just say it, but then you’ll have to give up that dreamland you’ve been living in. All of that almost painful magnetism is what makes a crush so god awful yet so addictive, wanting more but not too much, re-reading those signals and hints until finally it all comes out. What makes this music so approachable is that Eva hasn’t hidden it’s meaning in a mountain of allegory, and as beautiful as a metaphor can be sometimes you just want to hear how a writer is feeling, seeing yourself in what they’re going through and not feeling so isolated. Like opening track ‘Meet Me Where I’m At’, line after line describing that tangled coming of age web everyone finds themselves stuck in. Not a lot of money but plenty of good friends and shitty coffee, love and lust going head to head with guilt and grief, endlessly hopeful and hesitant all at once.
Be sure to stream debut EP from Eva B. Ross 'Playlist for the Apocalypse' here, and keep up with her on Instagram and Twitter!