Brooklyn based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Soren Bryce, teamed up with Refinery 29 to premiere her brand-new video for “Cellophane.” The track, which draws parallels between love and addiction, layered with chilling synth lines and ominous vocals, is off her debut full-length, Discussions With Myself, which will be released early 2018. Check out the whimsical and alluring video for “Cellophane” on Refinery 29, here: http://bit.ly/Cellophane_SB.
The follow-up to her 2015 self-titled debut EP, Discussions With Myself sets a sprawling dreamscape set to lushly detailed alt-pop, constructed with a newfound sense of self-possession. With her ethereal yet commanding vocals, Soren sings of paper dolls and plane crashes with equal intensity, infusing the album with moments of bruising honesty and fragile wisdom. Working with producer Justyn Pilbrow (Halsey, The Knocks, The Neighbourhood), Bryce ended up sculpting a sonic universe that’s moody yet luminous, delicate yet volatile. While she notes that Pilbrow took on a mentor-like role in honing her production skills, the 20-year-old artist mostly handled the album’s pre-production on her own.
Discussions With Myself marks a major milestone for Bryce: her first experience in immersing herself in the intricacies of sound design. “I used to make music in a way that was more folk-influenced, where I’d sit in my bedroom and play guitar and write like I was writing in my diary,” says Bryce, who’s originally from Amarillo, Texas. “But for this record I got so much more into production, and started approaching the songs by thinking about things like rhythm and composition first, and then creating from there.”
Despite the sometimes-heavy subject matter of Discussions With Myself, Bryce’s melodic grace and sonic ingenuity instill the album with an intoxicating energy. Throughout the album, Bryce shows a nuanced lyricism that reveals the literary origins of her songwriting. “When I was kid I was always into short stories and narratives, and one day someone told me I should try writing a song,” she recalls. “And then once I started writing, I never really stopped.” She soon began writing a song almost every day, tapping into the musical knowledge she’d gained from taking up violin at the age of 10. Later adding guitar and keyboards to her repertoire, she relocated to Los Angeles in her early teens, teamed up with David Kahne (an esteemed producer known for his work with artists like Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks), and put out the Soren Bryce EP in August 2015.
Since the EP’s release, Bryce has emerged as an in-demand featured artist, with collaborations including Black Coast’s “Sleep Alone” (a 2016 single that’s now amassed over a million streams on Spotify). Earlier this year, she also appeared on “Nobody Knows” by mansionz (a collaborative project from Blackbear and Mike Posner), which Baeble Music recently highlighted on its “Best Collaborations of 2017 (So Far)” list.
One of the greatest triumphs in creating Discussions With Myself lies in her newly discovered self-reliance as a sonic architect. “What I learned in the studio helped me to grow so much as a musician, and it’s going to benefit me for the rest of my life,” Bryce says. “It gave me a whole new confidence in my ideas and my creative spirit. That’s probably the most valuable thing I took from making this album—just having the realization of ‘Oh, you can do this.’”
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