• Karlee Smith

Review: "That Girl" - Emei





There are two types of people in this world: those that wake up before the sun, and those that set 10 alarms and still oversleep. In Emei’s new single, “That Girl”, she dreams of being the former rather than the latter. She wants to be “that girl” who wakes up before her alarm, goes on a daily walk, and drinks her coffee black. But in reality, she is the girl that wakes up at two in the afternoon and reuses yesterday’s Styrofoam coffee cup. She tries “way too damn hard” but cannot lock it down. This song is all too relatable for girls who cannot be bothered with wearing make-up every day and waking up early. “That Girl” is the new anthem for all us girls who aspire to be like the yoga-centered, healthy influencers we see on social media, but understand that we are just not built to function this way. Emei pokes fun at herself in this song, creating a relatable track that will be played on repeat








“That Girl” is an upbeat, pop-rock song that expresses Emei’s feelings towards her desire to fit this ideal image. The song starts off with a bang and never really slows down. Although the verse has a slower tempo than the chorus, it is not calm by all accounts. The music feels like it is walking a tightrope, and at any moment the intensity will explode. As the pre-chorus begins, the tempo increases and the listener starts to anticipate. Once Emei reaches the chorus, the emotion explodes revealing the incredible rock influence. It feels reminiscent of early Avril Lavigne and Paramore, creating an atmosphere that ties in with the emotions and lyrics behind the song. Emei is angry at herself that she cannot be “that girl”, no matter how hard she tries. And now she is mad at herself that she is trying too hard to be someone that she is not. She expresses these emotions through this intense pop-rock single.



Emei is a Chinese-American singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Her music has a mix of alternative pop and rock influences. When she was 15-years-old she earned third place on Chinese Idol. After the show, she started releasing her own music on Chinese platforms and was invited to perform on Dancing with the Stars of China. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Emei began releasing her music on American platforms which received massive media attention. She has over 250,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and nearly 30,000 followers on Instagram.


Written By Karlee Smith



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