Exclusive Premiere: eej explores her toxic past in the intimate “oh haha”
Revealing her true feelings after an end to an imperfect relationship, indie-folk artist eej bares her soul in her latest acoustic eulogy to the way she loved in “oh haha.” The 22-year-old singer-songwriter, hailing from Illinois, laughs at her own past behaviors in the track, bringing a humorous perspective to the toxic behaviors she put up with. “It’s only after time had given me the clarity I needed all along did I realize how much toxicity I brushed off or dealt with under the heavy blanket of love and abuse,” she said.
Crediting the discography of Elliot Smith with getting her through that dark time, eej says it was her goal to bring light to her dark past, and that in the end, she’s learned life’s all about perspective. Brandishing an acoustic guitar and layering her own intimate harmonies, the soft and simple atmosphere of “oh haha” is an all-encompassing journey of breaking those rose-colored glasses and finally seeing the moments for what they were.
The Brooklyn-based singer’s newest release comes almost 6 years after her previous one. With her colorful EP “Shades of Blue” in 2016, she explored her own unique genre-bending sound and has cultivated it ever since. For the last few years, she has spent time crafting and learning new (unreleased) tracks and covers alike and often shares snippets of those pursuits on her social media and SoundCloud.
In addition to this new release, eej is also collaborating with Leesta Vall Sound Recordings for their direct-to-vinyl live sessions. “You choose the song, I perform it live as the record’s cut in real-time, and then you get a one-of-a-kind record.” Follow her on her social media platforms for more releases and projects and listen to her latest melancholy track “oh haha” below!