Last September Anna Shoemaker released her East Side E.P. (5Towns Records.) Within it are five beautiful tracks that should have shot her past independent notoriety, the songs are just that good. Given, there’s always that possibility.
The songs range from gorgeous cleverly written pop songs to haunting numbers. The latter is what is at hand at the moment. Anna Shoemaker has re-imagined the title track for “East Side Too,” and this time around it features rapper TYLERXCORDY who duets with her on the new Eleanor Petry-directed music video.
Of the song and video, Shoemaker shares this:
“Tyler was traveling when I sent him ‘East Side Too,’ but he sent me a rough demo of something he’d written over the instrumental and I was like, ‘shit ok this is really good!’ His verse feels very effortless and genuine and that’s really important to me for this song.
I’d been trying to come up with a video idea for this literally since I wrote it. All of my other songs have videos but for some reason I’ve just been really precious about this one. Eleanor Petry, our director, sent the craziest treatment to us with all of these stills from movies like ‘Christiane F’ and ‘Chunking Express’ and all the pressure on me completely lifted. I think the coolest thing about working with her was just how supportive her and her team was—I was surrounded by so many badass women (Petry, Ella Cepeda, Andi Metro and Sierra Stinson) .I never felt myself over-thinking or feeling self-conscious about the way I looked. I really was able to just get into it and that’s really difficult when you’re surrounded by virtual strangers trying to make something meaningful!
I feel like I grew a lot just in the making of this version of ‘East Side,’ as well as the video, so I am already excited for my next project. It’s hard to explain but I feel like I am in a different head space after this and excited to grow as an artist even more.”
The video premieres today and it’s exquisite. You can watch it below.