Emily Warren Goes Solo After Writing Smash Hits for Pop Superstars
BY WILL HEFFERNAN
Emily Warren is the mastermind behind some of the biggest songs from the last few years. The 26-year-old has written for many pop superstars, including The Chainsmokers ("Don't Let Me Down"), Dua Lipa ("New Rules"), and Charli XCX ("Boys"). Saying "bye-bye" to the behind-the-scenes, Warren is now entering the musical spotlight with her new solo album, Quiet Your Mind.
Warren's move to release an album and unveil her solo debut is exciting as the world finally gets to hear her own music and what she will bring to the scene. According to TIME, the New York City native took classical piano lessons as a kid, but almost gave it up after learning that Bach and Beethoven were not her style. Her parents inspired her to get involved with pop music and songwriting, which would eventually pave the pathway to her solo debut. Quiet Your Mind is "about love; wanting love, fearing love, finding, learning and living in and losing love," she announced in an Instagram post.
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QUIET YOUR MIND: an album about love; wanting love, fearing love, finding, learning, living in and losing love. about feeling so sure about something you write a song about it and waking up the next morning with an opposing thought in your mind—a thought so loud you can’t quiet it no matter what you try. so you let it out, you hold it in the light, you let it move across the room, pierce through your relationships, color your perspective and then you see what sticks, what bounces back. i’ve learned a lot while making this album, about myself and the people around me, and i continue to learn even as i’m listening through now that it’s out in the world. i don’t have any clue what is right or wrong, but i’ve tried to be as honest and as open with myself as possible as i attempt to figure it out—and here’s what i came up with. endless thanks to the brilliant and loving group of people who inspire me, push me, and helped me take this to the finish line. and thanks to YOU, if you’re reading this, for the support and love. I give you QUIET YOUR MIND. she’s yours now :’)
Warren definitely stays true to this statement on the 11-track album. The opening song, "How It Ends," is an exploration of love that works so well thanks to Warren's incredible ability to transform her emotions into raw lyrics. Songs like "The Point" on the album enter the stage of doubt when Warren sings, "What if the point is him? And what if the point is not?" encompassing a completely different feel from the opening song. She keeps her theme of a complicated love strong in "Say It" with some gentle, harmonious guitar riffs, where Warren strips back and ponders the frustration of second-guessing a relationship.
One of the best songs off the album is "Something To Hold On To." The song is deep, emotional, and straight to the point where you may just want to turn the volume all the way up and absorb every soulful melody. "You should know the shooting pain that hits me in the chest," Warren murmurs on a more vulnerable side of her vocals.
Each song offers a different experience that Warren has dealt with. The departure in sound from her previous work in songwriting is the most notable aspect of the album. Though it is a pop work of art, it's more experimental and less bubblegum. Essentially, Warren is telling us her story with less beat drops and more heartfelt, down-tempo melodies and snippets of eccentric tones. "Quiet your mind," and take a listen to the solo debut album of one of the best songwriters in the industry.
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