Aurora Wilde Marks A Moment Of Transition With The Poignant 'Aurora Wilde: The Acoustic EP'
Artistic expression is an evolutionary process, always ebbing and flowing, never standing still, and for Texan singer/songwriter Karen Eubanks the never ending quest to try and grasp the often nebulous notion of an authentic artistic voice or sensibility saw this year bring a new moniker, Aurora Wilde, and new musical horizons to reach for. To mark this moment of transition, she recently released the acoustic poignance of her 'Aurora Wilde: The Acoustic EP', saying of the viscerally resonant introspection and unashamed honesty that infuses the EP's emotionally literate songwriting 'these songs mean a lot to me. They're very old songs, and even older feelings. I've done a lot of covers, singer/songwriter material, and even a fair bit of comedy in the past. And in a way, I've started over. But first, I wanted to show you exactly where I come from. Just my voice, my guitar and piano. It's me'.
Over spare instrumentation from guitar and piano, her voice is imbued with a distinctively poignant and tenderly textured vocal tone that lends a sensitively soul-brushed hue to the layers of emotion in the songs as she navigates between gently whispered confessions and forcefully insistent exclamations. Currently working on new material that reflects her musical eclecticism - 'everything to come in the near future, will be a step forward in my music that I've written and worked so hard for. It'll be new, it'll be different, but I promise it'll be me' - below Wilde gives some insights as to the inspiration for the four tracks from the 'Aurora Wilde: The Acoustic EP' -
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'I write a song in one of two different ways. With many changes and edits, over weeks or maybe months. Or, I write it as it comes out in one sitting in about roughly 10 minutes. This was one of those songs! It makes me laugh because many of my friends ask me who it's about or whatever. The funnier part is, I don't even remember anymore' - "Lyin Lying"
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'I wrote this song last year after binge jamming Carole King's album Tapestry, and watching live performances of Aretha Franklin. Thanks to my wonderful parents, I grew up listening to all the great songwriters like her, which I think got under my skin in the long run. I admire so much the way she plays the keys with such ease and simplicity-makes me wish I didn't throw hissy fits at my piano lessons as a kid' - "If You Said Goodbye"
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'I don't have many years on me, but I think I've learned some important things in a short time. Be genuinely happy for those around you. Nothing can be truly gained from allowing yourself to be hateful towards anyone who has what you desire. Support your crazy friends and their crazy dreams. So that when it's your turn to hold the camera, your hands won't be shaking. Because there's something kinda sour about a photo that could have been really sweet-if it wasn't so blurry. One of my favorite songs I've written for some strange reason' - "The Photo"
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'Much like, but very different from 'Lyin Lyin', this song was written as it came out naturally. But somehow I barely remember writing it. What I do remember is waking up from a really bad dream in the middle of the night, and then the next day having it written down in my notes and recorded. Call it sleep writing? It's ugly, it's heavy, but it means a lot to me. This song is sort of in a way the "Yin" to a new song I've written's "Yang". While this song is very much the dark, the new song coming out late this summer-is very much the Light. Can't wait to show you. For now' - "Hands"
Photography courtesy of Lindsey Lee - lindseyl33.com