Elisa Ailes – “HOE DAYS”

Photo Credit: Claudia Di Rito

“HOE DAYS” is a new track from Brighton-based artist Elisa Ailes, touting a well-produced sound with R&B influence. “I like the boys who need to be fixed, I only want guys who don’t let me kiss them in public,” she confesses amidst suave lounge keys and guitar twangs. The pulsing keys and chilled-out vocals craft an accessible introduction, with the aforementioned line kickstarting a melodic rise.

“I’m too old to play this game, I can’t pretend like I don’t want you back,” Ailes lets out during the track’s hooky climax; tender guitars and elongated synth tones guide into the initial chillness thereafter, with a seamless charm. The lyrics, desiring something beyond just a casual relationship, resonate amidst the soulful guitar tones and atmospheric synth usage. “HOE DAYS” is a consuming effort from Elisa Ailes.

Ailes elaborates more on the track, below:

“‘HOE DAYS’ originally started out as a sad dark pop ballade, very similar to my previous track ‘Skinny Garden’. I had this idea of making them sister tracks and releasing them within a month of one another but during the production process we just could not agree on what the song sound like. My producer felt the chorus wasn’t exciting enough and I was ridiculously attached to it so we decided to shelve it. One day, I had this weird idea and I texted my producer ‘what if we made the track R&B instead?’ and it changed the entire course of the song.”

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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