Hailee Steinfeld Releases New EP “Half Written Story”: Streaming
- American actress and singer-songwriter Hailee Steinfeld released her sophomore EP “Half Written Story” on May 8th.
It is her first EP in five years. Also, the EP consists of a two-piece project, her upcoming third EP as the second part, scheduled to be released in summer 2020.
The EP comprises of 5-track, produced by Koz, David Stewart, D'MileThe and 23rd.
“This project is a collection of songs that are so special to me and I’m incredibly proud of,” Hailee Steinfeld says in the press release. “This is the first body of work I’ve put out since my debut project… and I can’t wait for everyone to hear these new songs.”
She explained each song of the EP below.
- “I Love You’s”
“I like to think of 'I Love You’s' as the thesis statement for this project. When I was feeling lost and confused and sad and frustrated and angry—all of the emotions that come with heartbreak—I realized that the only thing that was going to make me feel better was time alone, without the distractions of another relationship. Like for the first time, I realized I needed to focus on myself in order to feel whole again. There were parts of me that were missing. I would look in the mirror and not recognize who I was, and get mad at myself for getting to that point. So I guess finally I just said, ‘No more I love yous. No more of this s**t until I'm okay.’ When I finally heard the song with the sample [from Annie Lennox’s 1995 hit “No More 'I Love You’s’”], I was floored. It was perfect. I knew it was track one.”
“Your Name Hurts”
“Okay, so, you know when you're thinking about buying a certain car, and then as you’re driving around, suddenly it's the only car you see? Like it's everywhere? And you’re like, has it always been that way or is it because it's the one I've got my eye on? Well, breakups can be like that—all of a sudden, that person is everywhere, in the most random places, as if you're manifesting it but you're also running from it. I wanted to write a song about how something as simple as a person's name can go from being the one word that lights you up inside—making your heart skip a beat when you see it on your phone, putting the most ridiculous smile on your face—to something that suddenly...makes you nauseous. It stings. It hurts. It hits different. This song is about something so simple turning on you, and never really being the same.”
“End This (L.O.V.E.)”
“I had been dying to use an acronym in a way that felt surprising. Bea Miller has a song called ‘S.L.U.T.’ that stands for 'sweet little unforgettable thing,’ and I love that, the flipped meaning. I didn't get much further than coming up with the word ‘love,’ but I thought, ‘What if we make it stand for everything love isn’t?’ When we started riffing on what ‘L.O.V.E.’ could stand for, we immediately fell into the melody of 'L-O-V-E' [first recorded by Nat 'King' Cole in 1965], and we ran with it. I love singing in that lower range.”
“Those two words came out of a conversation I’d had with my dad. I was on the East Coast, he was West Coast with my family, and I was going through it. He gives great advice, so I’d call him to talk things out. One day we were going back and forth about my situation—like, just when I thought my relationship couldn't get any more absurd, this guy would take it to the next level—and at one point, my dad just said, ‘This kid's got to man up.’ Obviously I know the phrase can be thrown around in ways people have different feelings about, but generally, in this song, it just means 'grow up.’ Hold yourself accountable. Own up to your mistakes. Be an adult. I have to say, I had so much fun making this song, especially when we started experimenting and, like, Auto-Tuning the babies in the background. It's this fun record that represents that time of a breakup where you're still a little pissed off but you're gaining your confidence back and feeling your attitude.”
“I love this song so much because I feel like I actually wrote the song that sounds like how I felt. It was as easy to write as it was difficult. I knew what I wanted to say, but saying it felt weird and it was hard. It was a very strange session. I found myself pacing around a lot and having to leave the room and come back. And again, I think it was me not wanting to accept the reality of my truth. But I was in a room with amazing people who I love—and who by that point I had spent a lot of time with—and they kept me on track and brought out the best of me in that moment. It’s crazy—I put this song out on New Year’s and didn’t perform it until months later on a late-night show. You’d think enough time had gone by that I wouldn’t be as affected, but performing it, I felt like the wind got knocked out of me. I'd never had a moment like that before. Singing it there, for the first time, it felt like my whole heart was in the middle of the room.”
- source : Apple Music