Two of my favorite pop artists right now are Gracie Abrams and Maisie Peters. Their vulnerable lyrics and soft vocals have created some of my favorite tracks; I am always excited to see what they do next. Here, as I began "Heavy, Heavy, Heavy," Ashley Elle's song reminded me of both Abrams and Peters. The honest words, emotional voice, and easy-to-listen-to music felt inspired by some of my favorite songs out there. Ashley Elle tackles anxiety and depression in such a beautiful way that I was captured from the first note of the song. This track came out at a time when she was faced with immense pressure and responsibility, and with each lyric, she takes us through these very real and relatable emotions. If you are looking for an indie pop artist, Ashley Elle is one to watch.
Ashley Elle starts off her track by asking "Do you know this feeling / That I've been feeling / Oh I don't know how to describe it." She sings that it is like floating outside your body; it is having a "Heavy mind / Heavy heart / Heavy body." She opens up with the reflection in the chorus "I didn't know that someone so young / Could hold the weight of expired lungs." It reminded me of the deeply vulnerable song "Block Me Out" by Gracie Abrams. Anxiety is a tough feeling to describe; it is so much pressure, and as Elle continuously describes, heavy. This track is about struggling through life; it is about going through these trials and tribulations with so many feelings of anxiety. Just trying to grow up and face challenges. This is a feeling we can all relate to, and through vivid lyricism and gentle vocals, Ashley Elle lets us all feel seen. It is a beautiful, honest song.
Hailing from a small town in Wisconsin, Ashley Elle is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and student at Loyola Marymount University. She was granted a publishing deal in 2019 by Given Entertainment. Her music aims to explore vulnerability and resonate with her audience. In her latest single, "Heavy, Heavy, Heavy," we see this in the depth of her lyrics; she wears her heart on her sleeve, opening up about the weight of life's complexities. My favorite part of music is feeling connected to the artist and their lyrics. When a song feels like it could be written about my life. Ashley Elle does this so effortlessly in her music, and I cannot wait to listen to her future releases.
Written By Sydney Gray
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