Even this artist’s name is as melodic as her musical output, akin to a brush of wind against the skin and a breath of sweet air if I do say so myself. Eliza Harrison Smith‘s new single “August” decorates the precise moment the sunshine of summer metamorphoses into the crimson and carmine pigments that we embellish ourselves into autumn every year and every time. The composition accompanied by her enchanting pitch tells a story — a story her audience is able to reminisce to alongside her acoustic sounds and illustrative lyrics.
The Nashville-originated musician takes me to a place of serenity, with a dollop of desolation, because all year we await summer expeditions and journeys with that certain someone, but the cool breeze that autumn brings makes us hold them a bit tighter, grasping our hot apple cider with two hands as “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat plays in the back of our minds. At least these are the feelings evoked in my world from hearing such upcoming talent like Eliza.
It’s sticky in the midst of August, but in that beautiful hot mess we call the dog days, we create memories to tunes like this while our gray tank tops begin to fade from overexertion and you share Arnold Palmers with that particular person beside you in a ’93 Mercedes. The rhythmic pattern is sensational and her ability to crescendo and decrescendo in various parts of the song is incredible, a true artist at work and emitting an effortless charm… it must come from the heart. As you relive these Polaroid moments in your brain “one more time,” resonate with Eliza Harrison Smith’s heartache and embrace in her profound creativity.
Smith elaborates further on the track:
“This is the first song I’ve written and released that feels like a true representation of myself as an artist! I wrote this song by myself and the incredibly talented Jared Atol produced and mixed it. I was lucky to have Adam Grover from Sterling Sound master the song – he’s worked with amazing artists like Zach Bryan, The Brook & The Bluff, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. I tried to capture the energy and nostalgia of the end of the summer with both the lyrics and production of the song.”
This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2022’ Spotify playlist.