by Thomas Bedward April 09, 2022
A gorgeous collection of lush, bittersweet soul songs that touch upon themes of escape, overcoming self-hatred, and letting go of what doesn't serve you, 'hi...' is a brilliant four-track EP from Japanese American singer/songwriter Lisa Remar.
A twenty-five year old New York City Native, Lisa Remar is a Japanese American record producer and singer songwriter. She released her first EP 'Still Good' in the beginning of 2021, and since then she's continued to share deeply intimate moments through her timeless songs and unmistakable singing voice.
Her latest EP, ‘hi…’, is a concise and piercingly specific four-song collection that charts an arduous and hard-won journey to a place of peace through self-doubt and regret. The overall narrative is one of moving on from a relationship, and when the past interferes with making a new present.
Its two centerpiece songs put forward the themes with which Remar is preoccupied with total directness. “was there more…” circles around feelings of yearning and pondering the timeworn question of ‘what if’, while 'Iankersham' turns its attention towards the question of trying again, and whether moving forward from painful memories is truly possible.
The two interlude tracks, 'sometimes' and 'hi' offer more precise snapshots of singular thoughts and feelings that Remar is dealing with, providing a thoughtful cohesiveness to the EP as a whole. It’s a short but bittersweet collection that continues to drive forward Remar’s status as a bold storyteller who looks unflinchingly at the everyday pains of being young.
Lisa's new music is even more gut wrenching than first impressions of her music let on, and perfectly carrying forward the weight of her debut EP, which is an exciting, bittersweet collection that’ll have the listener singing along in the car after a long day.
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