LA-based songstress TRACE made quite the splash with her debut single of the year “All My Friends.” Premiering on Consequence of Sound and later launching an exclusive profile with Harper’s BAZAAR, the singer-songwriter is showing no signs of slowing down as she prepares to release her new EP in the fall. There’s something about TRACE that makes you want to stop and listen, and it’s just that allure that landed herRefinery29‘s list of artists to watch this year. Today she releases her new single “Make Me Laugh” via Ultra Music across all streaming services. Under The Radar premiered the track yesterday, admiring TRACE’s diverse array of influences, “…steady boom-bap beat with skittering electronics filling the backdrop. Equal parts PBR&B and vintage singer/songwriter, the track deftly mixes the elements of electronica and soul.” Stream it now, here: http://ffm.to/makemelaugh.
On the track, TRACE adds: “‘Make Me Laugh’ is an extension from ‘All My Friends’ in that intimacy is continually highlighted and questioned. When I wrote this song I actually came off the heels of a bummer of a date. It’s not very nice, but it’s the truth: there was no humor present in our conversation. To me, to laugh is to feel alive. To feel connected through a high that ties you to the person in front of you. To laugh with someone is to feel close to someone. I also think, when you’re able to really find something funny, you’re showing a side of yourself that might be hard to define in words and so it’s only through sound that real emotion can be shared. I find it to be interesting that people say it’s ‘the best medicine’ – it totally heals you, laughter… ‘You make me laugh, but it’s not funny’ is definitely a bit smart alec-y but it’s also a secret nervousness and blatant disappointment. I’m in disbelief I’m at this place again and I don’t want another minute spent of my life, without truly laughing. Humor breeds the kind of joy I want to feel when I’m in the room with someone. Humor in ways, seals intimacy.”