Tell us about your new single?
Listening to voices like Ella Fitzgerald always took me to a lighter place when I was young, this song kind of pays homage to that feeling, and to her. It was never intended to be released, the producers I was working with kind of pulled it out of the archive on my phone voice memos. We worked with beautiful samples of Ella’s voice, hip hop inspired beats and light feathery Ashanti like vocals. It’s sort of an introduction to my new music.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)
At the moment I’m really liking Mile High by James Blake + Travis Scott. I think as James Blake is such an experimental songwriter it was so clever and intriguing to do a track like that with such a strong trap vibe. I think it’s a real surprise on his album.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Well its nothing spectacular but what comes to mind is being in the studio in Brooklyn for hours on end and then all of us taking a break to look at the snow. It had snowed so much this day it was almost up to my knees. I’d never seen so much snow in an urban environment and it really made me stop and feel the difference between where I was and home and how crazy it was that I was there to make all this new music.
What, or who, inspires you?
My sisters inspire me, I have 6 of them and they’re all incredible. And my little brother too, he’s amazing.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Moon River by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer – that song transcends time – it’s a perfect song in every way.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Oh my gosh I have no idea!! Maybe an assortment of dark berries, like blackberries….cause they’re sweet and velvety and sometimes a little bitter but you can just keep eating them!
What’s next for you?
Well, some more little shows and probably one or two more releases before the EP. Definitely lots more songwriting and collaborating too.
What’s your scene?
I’m still searching for my scene!
Esmé draws upon influences from the speakeasy era, injecting soul into her phrases and inflections with her breathy tone and narrow vibrato. Each one of her songs is personalised with artistic production work, painting a colourful picture in audio as her voice floats above broken hip hop inspired beats, intimate electro sounds, swelling synths and deep melodic bass lines.
Her music leans into the electro acoustic realm alongside artists such as Charlotte Cardin, Jordan Rakei, Billie Eillish and Sabrina Claudio. Esmé isn’t afraid to venture outside of her softer sound to a darker production realm which will be evident in her upcoming EP.