Artist: Alex Amor
Song: “Pleasing People”
Album: The Art of Letting Go EP
Label: Young Poet
Genre: Alt Pop, Pop, Pop Rock
Scotland-born, London-based indie pop/alt pop star Alex Amor has only been releasing music for a couple years, but she has already translated her budding career into stints touring with artists like Swim Deep and The Snuts. Taking inspiration from artists ranging from Blood Orange to Haim, Amor writes in a conversational style to connect with her audience, on top of accessible, alluring pop melodies. The latest single from her new EP The Art of Letting Go shows this off spectacularly. About the track, Amor has said:
“Throughout my life I’ve been told to not talk too much or take up too much space, to put everyone’s needs before mine. Maybe it’s a result of growing up with the expectations that come along with being a woman. Maybe it comes from a strong desire to be liked. My natural default is peace keeper, trying to mediate every situation I come across, avoiding conflict at all costs. But being pulled in every direction is exhausting if you forget you’re the one steering the ship. Recently, I’ve fully come to terms with the power of a simple word. No. No, I don’t feel comfortable. No, I’m not going out tonight. No, I refuse to be the idea you have of me anymore. One day I woke up and learnt to trust my gut instincts. And soon enough, I realised that my inner compass could be stronger than other people’s expectations. If you are people pleaser, just know we are more powerful than we think! You have more agency over your own life than you know.”
The track has a peppy beat and shimmering guitars that give it a rock base which blends well with Amor’s sweet vocal style. The hook (“I’m done pleasing people”) is delivered with a confident yet laid back inflection that is a winner.