Today, LA-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Ashlynn Malia shares a live video for her track “alone,” performed live at Smiley Studios. Her debut EP, rather be alone, from which this track is taken, is out now.
Speaking about “alone,” Ashlynn said: “‘alone’ is the most personal song on the EP for me. When we perform it live, I’m brought back to that hopeless place I was in when I wrote it, and the feeling is just as powerful now as it was then.”
Ashlynn Malia felt emotionally starved by her environment and personal fears when she started writing her recently released EP, rather be alone. The EP depicts Malia letting relationships last past their initial burst of passion and energy, acting on impulse to be closer to someone and welcoming their need for intimacy, all while accepting some relationships’ inevitable abandonment and failure. Thus, rather be alone shows a girl torn apart, winding her way through her circular deliberations, and ultimately growing to live with the forlorn conclusion that she can live with the empty spaces that relationships would fill. Life is much less complicated in solitude.
The EP was created by Ashlynn Malia over the span of two years with producers Andrew Weitz and Koby Berman. On the creation process of rather be alone, Ashlynn said: “We played around, experimented a lot, and didn’t take ourselves too seriously during the process. A ton of the sounds you hear in this EP are original. The first snare in ‘desperate”’ s a heavily processed recording of me biting a carrot. The pulse in ‘alone’ is the ticking of a giant clock that we found in Koby’s studio. I think we all genuinely enjoyed working together and finding our collective sound. Looking back at the start of this project, we’ve all evolved so much since. We poured our time, energy, hearts, and souls into this body of work and it’s extremely personal and special.”