pronoun, the indie/synth/pop artist emerging from Brooklyn has teamed up with All Things Go to exclusively premiere “a million other things” today! This is the first single off of pronoun’s debut EP that is set to release this fall through Rhyme & Reason Records. Listen to the song now, here: https://goo.gl/IdltJ5
Alyse Vellturo, aka pronoun, on the single – “I was waiting for my girlfriend of three years to return from a trip during which we decided to take a break. She was coming home in a couple days and I had no idea what was going to happen. “a million other things” came out over the course of three cigarettes, two 25oz PBRs, a drum loop, layered vocals/guitars, and excessive confusion. She ended up leaving, but I got a song that is now my debut single so worse things have happened.”
“It’s a heartbroken girl in her shitty apartment in Brooklyn,” Alyse Vellturo says of the project. Recorded in solitude in a cramped corner of the artist’s bedroom, the four-song EP is both personally charged and sonically inventive, matching richly layered guitar textures and insistent lo-fi beats with vivid, uncompromisingly personal lyrics.
The Boston native and self-confessed emo kid began playing guitar and recording her own compositions in her early teens. While studying at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, she gained technical experience producing and engineering friends’ recording projects and turning her attention towards the business side of the music industry. In 2012, she moved to Brooklyn to take a music-biz job, putting her own creative efforts on temporary hold. Eventually, she felt the urge to write and record music again, and her renewed creative spark gained additional momentum in December 2015, when a three-year relationship abruptly ended.
“I started to write songs and record again, but I didn’t have much to write about,” she recalls. “Then we broke up, and it all came pouring out. The tracks on this EP are all from that period. The whole thing was done in three or four weeks, every night after work. It was an instinctive process, and it kind of grew on its own.”
Vellturo adopted the performing pseudonym of pronoun, in acknowledgement of her status as a one-person band. “I want to keep it that way, at least for now,” she says. “This music is so personal to me, and it’s kind of hard to do that with other people. I have done some gigs with a drummer, a bass player and a guitarist, and I have a vocal pedal that does harmonies with me, so it kind of sounds like the record.
“pronoun is almost like another persona, someone that says and words things in a way I never would,” Vellturo concludes. “I don’t usually express my emotions outwardly. Sometimes a song will come together in a few hours in my apartment, and I’ll wake up the next morning and listen to it and think ‘How did I write that?,’ because I wasn’t aware that I was thinking that. So pronoun is something that I’d like to keep exploring for awhile.”
Details on the EP and more music will be released very soon.