blue,girl is a duo fronted by Columbia singer songwriter Ahomari with music from collaborator Sean Jones. Blue, Girl’s debut EP is a moving and powerful release. The single “Hush” is a two-minute stark gem of dreamy bedroom pop about relationships, drug abuse, and loss. In the song Ahomari’s powerful voice wilts with just the right amount of hurt—“when you’re drinking daily / and doing things that make me / hold you like a baby I’ll hush you please”. Ahomari joined me to chat about collaboration, writing, and the importance of online and in-town community.
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SC: I love the restrained feel sonic palette in “Hush”. How do you feel the music relates to the deeply personal tone of the lyrics?
A: When Sean sent me the guitar idea for the song I was inspired almost instantly. I riffed the lyrics to some extent and recorded a demo. Took 15 minutes then I sent it to him. It was a beautiful song that I was incredibly proud of. If it wasn't for the guitar track we wouldn't have this song because we were certainly done with writing the EP by that point I think. I didn't really hear the other instruments he arranged and recorded until we got to mastering and mixing with Chris Wenner. It was so beautiful. The arrangement Sean came up with was just so right.
SC: What was your writing process like for “Hush”?
A: I don't really know if there is a process. When lyrics come they come. I'm always thinking about music and new songs so it's very easy. Really excited about the new music we're working on. It's so good. This music we're releasing now combination of our styles respectively and collectively. The new music is too but we get to flex more melody wise.
SC: What’s your process of collaboration like?
A: Sometimes we're in the same room. Sometimes we aren't. For “Not Around” & “Home Tonight” we were in the same room. He'd bring his guitar over and we'd try to find appropriate lyrics and melodies to fit the parts he came up with. Sometimes we'd change on the spot. For “Hush” and “All We Have” he'd send a guitar idea and I'd sing lyrics around it.
SC: How often do you write? Do you keep a songwriting schedule or wait to be inspired?
A: Everyday. I don't know a life outside of writing. Kind of a servant to it. Since I was 8 I been writing songs and such everyday. Some are trash. Some are good.
SC: How does your community of songwriters influence your writing?
A: I don't really listen to a lot of music locally that would influence me. There's great acts like Hissy Fit, Nepotism, Alarm Drum, My Brother My Sister, Mario McClean, The Ugly Chords, Pedro LDV, Debbie & The Skanks, Melon In, Muscle Memory and etc., but I've found more of a community and influence with musicians online than with any local scene. That's kind of how scenes go for me personally. All my musical friends locally do completely different music than me so it's easier to pull from things online because you aren't so close to it. Even Loamers is different than this project. That's our main band.
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