5 Empowering Moments in Pop Stunner Lennon Stella’s Debut EP, ‘Love, me’

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You probably already know Lennon Stella from YouTube. Her viral videos with her sister under the moniker Lennon & Maisy garnered tens of millions of streams, marking her magnetic talent at an early age. After signing with Columbia earlier this year, Stella's debut single as a solo artist, "Like Everybody Else (Acoustic)," quickly established her as one to watch. The budding songstress is back with her debut EP, Love, me, and it's a collection of emotionally intelligent songs bundled together in bubbly pop wrapping. We've pinpointed 5 moments that make this collection so inspiring.

1) The Chorus of "Bad"

Lennon Stella's EP begins with "Bad," which we have had on repeat ever since we first played it. Featuring a classic chord progression, Stella coasts over rhythmic chords with angelic falsetto. The melody will undoubtedly be stuck in your head, serving as a breakup anthem with dance-able spunk. "Bad" is arguably pop at its finest, and the chorus will have the whole carpool singing along.

2) The Harmonies on "Breakaway"

"Breakaway" comes next, beginning with the same bubbly synth as "Bad." The stripped down pre-chorus makes the song that much more authentic, and contrasts the glitchy, vocal chopped chorus. Harmonies come in like layers of cotton candy, seamlessly surrounding the melody as Stella sings,

"The ground and the ceiling seem to be disappearing. Nothin' to stand on oh god I hate this feeling."

3) The Lyrics of "Feelings"

"Feelings" takes a different tone than some of the other songs on the EP, standing firm against being emotionally lenient. The delivery of the verses are intricate with anticipated rhythms, outlining a refusal to hash out lingering feelings post-relationship. Stella sings,

"I don't wanna talk about your feelings, I don't wanna listen while you feel 'em."

4) The Playful Disregard for Unnecessary Drama in "La Di Da"

"La Di Da" is playfully childish, with a chorus simulating humming over the empty words someone else is speaking. Stella makes music out of refusing to give in to manipulative language, which is a beautiful thing. This song is an important reminder that sometimes moving on includes smiling through bad energy.

5. The Strong-Willed Delivery in "Fortress"

Possibly alluding to her past viral YouTube video, "Fortress" begins with "cup song" esque claps and snaps. They continue through the song, as Stella's husky vocals fill the spaces of the track. This song is nothing short of empowering, as she pops into falsetto notes while singing of building an empire which traps the past outside its walls.

Lennon Stella has a few shows coming up, which you'll definitely want to check out if possible. Maybe some of that empowering energy will rub off.

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