A brand new single release from MISY brings out a refreshing and lush songwriting approach that comes through as uplifting and descriptive with such incredible detail that you can almost picture things that she's talking about vividly in your head as it's happening.
"Lavender" is a graceful song with a lot of heart and soul in the performance as her vocal delivery soars and grows in intensity as the song does.
This track has some layers here that can be peeled back and as that happens and the song unfolds, you're able to get more and more of a sense of who she is as a person and as an artist because the song has such an articulate way of describing how she's feeling when she created the song itself.
It's got incredible amounts of character and speaks mountains for her as an artist and as a performer as well, not to mention the way the song is arranged and formatted.
This was cinematic and impactful but more importantly than that, it packs a little bit of a punch and by the time it's over you've become engulfed in it so when it's time to step back into reality, you have to sort of shake it off.
This release comes off very tastefully and leaves a wonderful flavor behind that is almost excitable in a way.
I think this comes from her energy in this song and how it grows as the song plays on which is something that gives the whole track this alive and breathing feel.
Listening to this song was almost like reading a chapter in a good book. It has this element of escapism to it so you can step into her world for a minute or two and soak that in before coming back out again.
This aspect is one of my favorite things about the song and the way that's pulled off is how she phrases and words everything so well along with that performance.
A song like this has to have a particular delivery vocally especially and this is done what's up perfect aesthetic to it that lets you get washed away with the song.
It's been a while since I heard a song that I could feel in my bones and this song pulled that off really well.
The other thing about this is that it makes you want to see her perform live because the energy that's captured on the recording itself is so well done that you figure live it's got to be crazy.
With such a well-woven and beautiful release, we wanted to have a sit-down with MISY to find out what this song actually was about and where it came from.
We also wanted to know a bit about what might be coming up next for the artist.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Okay Misy, let's start with the "Lavender"! This record had soul to it along with a cinematic and emotional drive! How did this single come about?
I wrote this song a few springs ago when I was back home in California. My mom had a couple huge lavender bushes and I was cutting some off to dry and use for herbalism, one of my hobbies. I had just finished meditating and grounding, and picked up my guitar. I just wanted to capture the feeling in that moment. It was like nothing was wrong in the world, the sunset was a beautiful periwinkle color, and I was feeling so peaceful. And that's when I started writing and the song just flowed out of me! But I actually ended up adding the bridge part later on, which is now one of my favorite parts of the song. Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as an artist? When did you fall in love with music?
I started performing when I was young through dance and theatre. I was such a theatre kid! I thought maybe I would go on to be on Broadway. That really got me started with singing and being on stage. At the same time, I loved English in school and writing was something I always enjoyed. I decided I wanted to learn guitar when I was 13 so I could put my poetry/lyrics to music. Taylor Swift was actually the one who truly inspired me to start playing guitar, and my love for songwriting really took hold of my heart after that. Suddenly I was no longer interested in being on Broadway! Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
Personal experiences and the experiences of my friends and family definitely inspire a lot of my songs. But I also love to write similes and metaphors in a lot in my lyrics. "I feel like Lavender" is a perfect example. I'm constantly thinking of ways to portray what I'm feeling or the story of the song in a more poetic way, while still keeping some simplicity. I also just try to be attentive of the world around me and stay in touch with all of my senses to find inspiration wherever I can!
Buzz Slayers: This single has some great styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
Thanks!! Going in to record this song, my main influences were Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Maggie Rogers, and Jason Mraz. I was heavily influenced on the lyrical side by Kacey Musgraves song, "Oh, What A World" because I always wanted to write a song like that. When I sat down to write Lavender, I definitely thought about that song and how it makes you realize what a gift it is to be alive. That's what my goal was for this song. Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? You can probably find me meditating, grounding or doing yoga in my free time. I also have many houseplants to care for and two black cats who I adore. Hiking, camping and reading are other hobbies of mine that keep me busy. I also feel very passionate about herbalism and holistic medicine!
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
I've been listening to a lot of Maggie Rogers lately. She is so talented!! Lizzy McAlpine is another artist I've been really inspired by recently. Of course, Taylor Swift's new album Midnights has been in the mix ever since it came out! Also, Zach Bryan is really growing on me. His stories and experiences are super relatable, and I love hearing a male artist being so raw and honest in his work. Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
Yes! Living in Nashville, there is always somewhere to play! I do play some of the Broadway gigs downtown from time to time, but every Friday I play at the Aloft Hotel in Franklin, TN, from 7-10pm. It's about 30 minutes south of Nashville. You can find all of my future shows at this link: https://bnds.us/endocd Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?
I recorded this in a studio with producer Tres Sasser and engineer Joe Costa. They are super great, talented guys who really helped me bring the vision for the song to life. I played the acoustic guitar and Tres and I arranged a lot of the background vocals together. Tres also played bass on the song, which he nailed. And Joe not only mixed it, but did some programming and used a Juno-60 for some of the instrumentation. It was mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering, who recently won a Grammy for Lizzo's latest album. I'm so proud to have had such a great team that really brought the song to the next level. Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
A lot more music! I truly cannot wait to get back in the studio with this team again and create more.. which will be really soon! I have so many great, uplifting songs that I plan on recording and releasing over the next two years. A few songs to look out for - a song of mine called "Keep Your Head Up" about always looking for the positive, and another song called "Grateful" which is about being grateful for everything that you have! I'm realizing that I just want to bring joy and love into people's lives with my music.. and I really hope this project and all my future projects do just that. Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I want to say I love you so much and I'm so thankful to have your support. If you're reading this, thank you. From the bottom of my heart. I couldn't do this without the encouragement from so many beautiful people. From my family and friends to the strangers at my gigs who give me a follow or a nice compliment, every single one of you is such an important part of my journey. So, thank you!! Much love to you all.