Photo by Bradon Soder
Esther Rose grew up in Michigan, moved to New Orleans, and then relocated to New Mexico where she wrote her upcoming album. Her new single, "Chet Baker," is this light and breezy country song that leans into pop but never quite becomes pop country. It has all the twang you require with a country song, but it's more upbeat and sunny than you normally get with this kind of twang. There are also the traces of psychedelia that pop out every so often, giving the track a bit of a pop cosmic country sound... if that sound is even possible. "Chet Baker" has one of the more interesting blends of genres we've heard in a long time while still sounding cohesive.
In a press release, Esther Rose says of her new song:
“Someone sent me a DM, asking ‘do you remember me.’ I was transported into a decade-old memory; a weird weekend with a crew of dangerous college preps, a car crash. What came out is this short study of my townie life in Ann Arbor. As I was writing this song, it occurred to me how lucky I was to have survived that time of willful recklessness. I wanted to empathize with my younger self, like, ‘it’s alright, you were 23. You were out of control. I got you now. You’re okay.’”
You can watch the video for "Chet Baker" below. Safe to Run is due out April 21 on New West Records, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Esther Rose, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.