Elyse Jewel Traces the Fallout of a Toxic Relationship in "TBH IDK"
Elyse Jewel is looking to shift the narrative when it comes to pop and mental health. As a lifelong performer and a notably kind, playful personality, she wants to change the world of pop stardom by promoting healthy mental practices and leading authentic conversations through her songs. Jewel, who leads a maturing generation of Swifties, takes it to heart when writing about young love, heartbreak, and dusting yourself off. "My songwriting process feels like a therapy session a lot of times," she says of her authentic storytelling. “I want my music to resonate with people and for those who hear it to think, 'Hey that's how I feel' or ‘I've been in that situation.'"
Jewel isn't all bubblegum, though. Her new tracks are packed with clever quips and gritty guitar licks, as if to follow a warm hug with a jolting push to the ground. Ahead of the release of her forthcoming EP, "TBH IDK" sees Jewel singing about her love interest being sweet one minute and sour the next, leaving her with nothing but the all too common realization that "I can't be your therapist." Despite her lyrical jabs, Jewel's social media is glittered with encouraging notes to followers and "How are you?" captions. The comment threads are full of heartfelt responses to anyone sharing a struggle or basking in a triumph.
Dear Diary, a six-song visual project set to release late Summer 2022, is poised to be the artist's debut showcasing of her ability to craft and execute a complete vision. With each song accompanied by a visual complement, the 17-year-old faces heavy emotions head-on, taking listeners through the familiar process of feeling butterflies for someone new, discovering they aren't who they projected themselves to be, and coming to terms with what we tend to allow people to get away with for the sake of companionship and cute social media pics. Elyse's debut project will shed light on the feelings we've all encountered with the goal of helping people to feel less alone. She adds, "It's important that I create a safe space with every listener."
Listen to "TBH IDK" below: