Take a look at Willa Amai’s debut album, I Can Go To Bed Whenever
Sink your teeth into I can go to bed anytime, the debut album by singer-songwriter Willa Amai.
You know we here in wonderland love a rising star. There is just something so magical about seeing someone soar straight over the precipice of world fame in a career that will change the lives of so many – and the tunes that accompany it aren’t bad. no more.
But Willa Amai is more than that, he’s a musical prodigy whose voice speaks for a generation so different from any before. The sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter is currently under the mentorship of Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, and for the past few months, she has been working to prepare for the release of her debut album, I can go to bed anytime. Having collected nearly 5 million streams worldwide already, Amai sets the stage for heart-wrenching honesty with his tracks, showcasing talent in its rawest and most captivating states.
The 12-track offering, released this Friday, aims to give fans new insight into the spirit of the emerging star, starting with a touching triumph titled “Fallout.” Tinted with subtle touches of folk and country, the result is a harmony so serene, so electrifying and so atmospheric that you will find yourself in awe a few minutes after your first listening. Could we suggest grabbing a few handkerchiefs or else you might never really survive the fallout. * badum, chh *. “Not A Soldier” follows behind, emphasizing the star’s dominant vocal presence. With a twist of the beloved 2000s Christina Aguilera ballad, Amai’s emotions run wild around heavy drums and deep percussion to the tune of a marching troupe heading for battle. But just know that in this war of words, no one can ever come out victorious against this singer.
Songs like “Puzzle”, “Like I Want You To” and “The Beautiful” continue that anthemic vibe, pulling on the chords and unlocking many memories as they stir up all those emotions that we hide deep in our hearts. hearts and our heads. Thank goodness she is not billing therapy yet, as our bill would be unrolled in a medieval parchment at least 80 kilometers long.
This brings us to the remarkable gems “Too Close” and “Twice,” sprinkling the mix as we pick up our woes and put them aside for a few minutes of unfolding sonic bliss. Yes, we may have stopped dwelling on our problems, but now we also want to be singers. As the end of this masterpiece approaches, a palpable change is felt, whether with the captivating guitars of “Hurricane” or the enraged vocals of “Blows By”. Such a change of pace captures that casualness of our coming of age, where life isn’t that bad, and, at times, it can even be very good.
Before we ended our listening, we thought we were going to catch up with the star herself, dig deeper into how she’s built such an insane lineup of tracks, and what she hopes the near future has in store for us. Take a look below …
Hi Willa! How are you? How has this last year been for you?
Hi! Thanks a lot guys for taking the time to talk to me. Right now, I’m incredibly thrilled; these last weeks of preparation for the release of my first album, I can go to bed anytime, was a dream come true. My blood, sweat, and tears went into this work set, and I really couldn’t be more excited to be able to share it now. Music life aside, the past year has definitely been tough, I know it’s been tough for everyone, but I also know I’ve been so blessed for everyone I have in my life. life.
You have just been appointed Ambassador of NAMI, what was it like to receive this news? And what does this mean for you?
Becoming a NAMI Ambassador meant and continues to mean a lot to me. Mental health and the destigmatization of it has always been a main point of my platform since I started a career in music, so that NAMI recognizes me as an ally of the community to me. brought so much joy. Having been diagnosed with anxiety disorder at a young age, I have known all my life what it is like to feel emotionally isolated from those around you. At the same time, my family has supported me every step of the way, and I’m happy to say I’m in the healthiest place I’ve ever been to. I know how lucky I am to have walked through the light at the other end of this sanity tunnel, and it’s all credited by my amazing support network, so now I want to pay it forward and be that network of support for someone else, maybe someone who doesn’t have the luxury of having the family and friends that I have.
And you just released your new single “Too Close” tells us about the production and creation process?
Creating “Too Close” was honestly different from all the other music on my album. For the most part, I do my best to preserve the song in the most holistic way possible throughout the process. I rarely change things drastically in a song from how I originally wrote it, and when I change big things I don’t tend to like them that much. With “Too Close”, however, I really worked on it. I changed everything throughout the process, but I really felt like I was improving it. I think it was important for me to write; I needed proof that sometimes changing a song from its original form improves it and doesn’t necessarily alter the authenticity of the music.
Tell us about the meaning of the song, what made you concentrate on this subject?
“Too Close” is actually about claustrophobia. The entire album documents my coming of age story and all the emotions that come with it, so “Too Close” struggles with this idea of feeling that there is no space between childhood. and adulthood. I felt like I never had a middle period without being a child, but without having to constantly worry about who I will be and what I will do
like an adult.
Granted, my own anxiety made me worry about these things more often than the normal teenager, but being with my friends, I realized that we all have this common anxiety about feeling like we don’t. we didn’t have time to readjust making friends on the backyard learning to write a resume, trying to capture us on a piece of paper. But I want the song to be able to mean something different to everyone; we all feel emotionally claustrophobic about something. It doesn’t have to be the age for you, in particular, as a listener. I want it to be what you want it to be.
Who would you cite as inspirations?
I have so many inspirations that it’s hard to list them all! I would say for this album that my biggest musical inspiration was Fleetwood Mac. Their Rumors album and the way all the songs blend into each other without feeling repetitive created a feeling that I really pursued with this album. Linda Perry will always be a huge inspiration to me; Linda was the inspiration for the ambition that made this album what it is. But I was also influenced by so many other artists while writing music. Florence and the Machine, Don McLean, Elton John, Brandi Carlile and many more.
What’s the next step for you? What are you most excited for?
Honestly, I don’t know exactly what to expect! I definitely have a few really exciting things coming up that I won’t divulge right now, but for the most part I’m doing what I’ve always done: go where my music has taken me.
I Can Go To Bed Whenever releases June 4.