“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.