The Queens-raised and Brooklyn based singer-songwriter is bringing topical diversity to pop songs with her new EP “Where Were You?”. The EP, released today on all platforms, finds Soto singing about everything from love and friendship to abandonment and finding yourself at an unfamiliar crossroads.
Soto mentions, “If we’re going to write love songs, we have to approach them from different angles. When we do this, we’re really writing about our human condition and not just the trivialities of dating. For example, the song ‘Hideaway’ is about feeling lost and having a crisis of identity in a city of millions of people, which is just as relatable nowadays as experiencing a failed relationship. It’s just another facet of being a human.”
The NYC native writes in “Daybreaks” about how modern dating plays out when you are unwilling to detach yourself from another person for the sake of self-preservation. The song earnestly proclaims what it’s like to want to give 100% of yourself to someone while maintaining a deep fear of rejection. It’s a somber reality of modern millennial dating that is delivered alongside a hopeful, high-energy horn anthem.
JAE mentions, “This EP was recorded completely live. It was important to capture the essence of what it feels like to hear the songs played live so that the listener could be transported and feel connected to the narrative.”