American pop songstress Alex McArtor is only 17 years old, yet she delivers music with a sense of maturity. She brings us her latest single with the angst-filled Speed Into Air, lifted from her upcoming EP Heart Talk Vol. 1, the first in a pair of releases. The latest body of work follows her recent debut EP, Spoken Word, produced by Aaron Kelley to critical acclaim.
“Heart Talk Vol. I is the first release of a broader, deeply personal collection of songs I wrote over the last year or so,” she explains. “The collection was a therapeutic release of emotions for me and loosely based off of a few relationships that I had; young love, getting hurt, hurting others, and being a little bit bat shit crazy.”
Commenting on her wider inspirations, she offers, “I was always into alternative bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain and artists like Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin,” she says. “Plus, I grew up in Austin, which is obviously a musical city. All that inspired me.”
On Speed Into Air, McArtor lays down an equally emotive and fierce vocal offering. Parts rock, parts synth pop, the track builds swiftly before the match-strike crescendo of booming drums and twanging guitars erupts. “It gets easier when you don’t care” she cries at the chorus close.
Listen to Speed Into Air below