E^ST (a.k.a. Melissa Bester) is an Australia-based singer-songwriter from South Africa. Not too long ago, she released a visualizer for her “MAYBE IT’S ME” single, produced with E^ST’s key collaborator, Jim Eliot (Halsey, Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue).
E^ST – “MAYBE IT’S ME” visualizer
“This song is about being a hot mess in life, and starting to wonder if maybe life has nothing to do with it and you just kinda suck.” – stated E^ST
‘MAYBE IT’S ME’ contains honest lyricism, pleasing vocals, and rich harmonies. Also, the beat-driven ballad possesses vibrant instrumentation scented with an alternative-pop aroma. Furthermore, “MAYBE IT’S ME” provides a much-needed pick-me-up with a sonic blast of E^ST’s signature style.
“My music’s always been driven by my emotional state. It’s the way I express how I’m feeling, but just as often it’s how I find out how I’m feeling. As raw as I can possibly make it.” – E^ST
E^ST has become a favorite at Australia’s leading new music station, triple j. Historically, she has used music to explore her passion for fantasy, poetry, and storytelling. Furthermore, “MAYBE IT’S ME” follows hot on the heels of her “FRESH OUT OF LOVE” single.
E^ST – “FRESH OUT OF LOVE” music video
“This song is about feeling really empty after realizing you’ve given all your love to someone who doesn’t love you back.” – E^ST
E^ST, whose name was inspired by her mother’s maiden name Oosthuysen (“oost” means east in Dutch), has supported the likes of Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots on tour. Also, the charismatic singer has become an in-demand writer for other artists, from global concerns like Noah Cyrus to rising domestic talent such as Nicole Millar.
‘MAYBE IT’S ME’ will be featured on her upcoming debut album, entitled, “I’M DOING IT”, set to be released on July 17, 2020. The project focuses on feelings of heartbreak, isolation, and failure. Also, it signals a huge leap forward from E^ST’s EP releases (e.g., “Old Age”, “Life Ain’t Always Roses”).
“I’M DOING IT” album
“The first half of the album is all about being a heartbroken mess as your life falls apart. And it’s wallowing in that with no effort to make sense of it. I mean you need to have a wallow—it’s crucial. The songs are still dealing with sadness and heartbreak, but there’s a conscious effort to do better and be better. The album takes on an optimistic tone as I grow as a person. By the end, the album’s like it’s okay, I’m getting by, I’m coping.” – E^ST stated
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