Femke says to embrace who you are — red flags and all. In “Dead End Street,” released September 22 on Enci Records, the pop artist sings about how best to live life.
This song is about truly knowing yourself and being ok with it. We all have flaws and instead of trying to hide them, sometimes it’s better to just be open and let everyone know where you are in life vs. trying to pretend to want or do something else.
Femke said she wrote the song over Zoom during a writing workshop. Though she was in an online room with three strangers around the world, they were united by their emotions and desire to make art.
The singer-songwriter, who was born in the Netherlands, pairs acoustic guitar and upbeat percussion to support her warm vocals. The sound is bright and cheery, with a deep message to match.
I put the red flags out, right by the flowers,
In case you haven’t figured it out
Take it as a warning, tonight or in the morning
You’re gonna have to turn around
~ “Dead End Street”
“Dead End Street” is one of five songs on Femke’s freshly released EP, Safe in the Suburbs. She wrote these five songs during the pandemic, also taking charge of all the instruments and production. She released the EP alongside a series of aesthetic, masterfully crafted music videos.
The songs are very personal, but I’ve tried to write them in a way that is relatable to other people. My goal is to find an audience that is looking for something other than Top 40 love songs, music that is relevant to them. I want to speak to those who don’t believe they belong in a way that they feel heard.
Femke seems to have done it all. She studied classical music at a Dutch conservatory and won regional finals for the Netherlands’ Grand Pop Prize. She earned a full scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music for voice and composition and also studied under Lin Manuel Miranda at Northwestern University. She even worked in the film and TV industry, such as with jazz musician Don Grusin and alongside Blink-182 for the soundtrack of the comedy “Fired Up.” She’s unstoppable, and more music is yet to come.