Today we are pleased to team up with the great Xoe Wise for the premiere of her new single “Air,” a fantastic track to get your week started in the right mood with its haunting and dream-like, minimalistic melodies that feels very constant yet but strikes you with its beauty.
About the song, Wise comments “I wrote this song pretty quickly years ago on my acoustic guitar. I remember the lyrics landed on top of the plucky parts in an easy pattern. It was at the beginning of a relationship and I was scared but also in a more brave and honest space than I had been. Bringing the song to life on this record was a blast; we really built up the outro programming. It is the song on the record that embodies more than just a single moment of the many narratives depicted on the album so I wanted to lead off with it, as well as give it the title track spot. In some songs I am literally in the clouds, or zooming into moments of a road trip, or talking about what it means to admire someone else’s parking finesse. This song feels like a “zoom out” song though. It is the full circle of feelings that come with understanding that we share air with other people, and can let go of fear of letting those people in, consequently experiencing the intimate and intense beauty of breath.”
Dividing her time between social justice efforts and indie rock, Wise takes her scooter to some of Chicago’s favorite local music venues and businesses, for a pop-up live music set, in which 50% of donations go towards the hard-hit local businesses needing assistance due to the economic effects stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic. Wise will play pop-up shows at a curbside near you and pick a business per lottery drawing live on the Xoe Wise Facebook Page to determine which business will get 50% of all donations for the day.
“From live music to mental health, life is different right now for everyone,” says Wise. “Music has always been a way of expression and connection for me. These pop ups shows have been helpful for my mental health and I hope they offer joy to others as well! The goal is to play music, connect people (at a distance), while also supporting the Chicago places we love.”
In addition to her pop-up shows, Wise launched Thank You Thursdays, a live stream to explore what local non-profits are doing during the pandemic. She discusses the designated non-profit’s activities, sometimes plays a jingle, hold a raffle or play a set. 100% of the live stream concert goes to the non-profit in the spotlight. Wise has been active in the social justice scene since moving to Chicago, and is entering University of Chicago this fall to study for a social work degree, after previously completing a degree in Pyschology. Wise explains, “I believe people can help each other, am passionate about the clinical research that addresses poverty, inequality, criminal justice and mental health.”