LA-based electronic artist and producer neek shares her new single “try.” Yesterday, All Things Go premiered the track and visual, praising, “In the truest spirit of the young artist, neek highlights a day in the life with ‘Try’, her visual accoutrement to deep-reaching rhythm. It’s the age old story of trying to shake the thoughts so efficient at breaking heart-shaped glass, with an impromptu dance muse possessing our narrator in the comfort of her home studio.” neek’s words i shouldn’t have EP is due out October 19th on Mateo Sound.
words i shouldn’t have is about unrequited love and loss, and the emptiness that comes along with it; it’s about pain and longing, and how those feelings are not tangible, can’t be measured or even explained. It’s about wanting what one can’t have and not being able to talk about it, living in frustration. It’s about a pain that can only be validated by one’s own suffering. These songs all display vulnerability and raw expression, representing neek’s journey towards her ability to grapple with her issues, and express herself creatively without self-judgement.
neek worked on this collection of songs during various times over the past few years, while in a blackout state of loss after losing her father unexpectedly in 2016. She spent years of solitude in her room making things and exploring pro tools in isolation, trying to find herself. These 5 songs, that make up the EP, stood out to her as most representing her previous time producing and experimenting with gear and DAWs for the first time, on her own. All of the vocals are neek’s original demo vocals, as she couldn’t bare to recut and clean them up. She fell for the vulnerability in those raw moments of expression and over producing the demos didn’t seem like the right creative choice for this deeply personal and emotional project. The atmosphere felt in each track are results of the different soundscapes of her bedroom that were caught by the mic – anything from her cat’s jingly collar, to the sound of her smoking weed, coughing and blowing her nose, and the construction that was happening in the building next to hers. It’s all incorporated in some way, along with the Nasa space sounds throughout the EP, which she felt set the perfect cold and isolating atmosphere for her creative process in writing and singing the vocal tracks. Fellow Mateo Sound producer David Burris (Busy Busy) mixed the record in neek’s bedroom studio, alongside her, before mastering it at Mateo Sound Studios in Los Angeles.