Massachusetts singer/songwriter Drea has just released her debut EP, intended to capture something reminiscent of the coast, as she spent most summers of her childhood on the shores of Cape Cod and has since romanticized the ocean. According to Drea, the ocean makes her feel “overwhelmingly calm, grounded, and reminds [her] of [her] truest self” and she hopes to evoke those same feelings in her listeners.
Her debut EP, Ocean Avenue, is something she feels like she can call her own, after taking about a year away from music because she of her distaste for the experiences she had in the music industry. She felt like she lacked autonomy because she had been reliant on men to create music, yet they never understood her vision. This EP is her taking back that control, and she hopes to inspire other women to take what is theirs. She explores themes of sexuality, feminism, spirituality, and dualism and hopes that listeners will feel more comfortable in exploring parts of themselves that are considered taboo.
The title track of her EP is a soulful R&B slow jam featuring a light guitar strums and riffs. Drea lends her sultry and powerful vocal talent to emotional lyrics where the narrator takes back her own power. She layers dreamy backing vocals throughout the verses and chorus, maintaining a sweet vocal mix that balances the ups and downs of the lyrics. She sings about letting go of the person who is causing her pain and finding a replacement, rather than succumbing to her own way. To Drea, this song is about “understanding your worth, and demanding what you deserve.”
You can stream this beautiful masterpiece of a song, along with the rest of her EP, today.