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An Up and Coming Artist to Listen to

A new artist was recently brought to my attention on a trip I took to spend time with my friends from Louisville. Her name is Gilanares and she has had great activity on Tik Tok with her songs becoming more and more popular. Not to mention the release of her EP “There’s not Much to Know about me” is timed amazingly. 


With only five songs on the album, each one embodies a sort of coming of age story. The first song on the album is Good Person, which is so good at being blunt and delving into the psyche of who Gilanares is and who she sees herself at times. Bad Role Models is the next song on the EP and it’s so so good. Very reminiscent of the early 2000s coming of age movies that have girls learning and growing from terrible mistakes and bad crowds. It comments on how susceptible women are to compare themselves to others and how we pressure ourselves to be pretty, or cool, and do things that may not be healthy in order to be accepted.


The next song on the album is Let’s Call it Even which is personally my second favorite on the whole EP. It has so many good lines and is so good at making you feel everything the artist is feeling. Not to mention how relatable it is. My favorite line in the whole song is “And you know that I do too, you’re an unfortunate tattoo,” it’s so deep and just resonates with me on another level. 888 is the next song and is very reminiscent of a sort of a dark Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey tied into one. It’s about searching and growing. Finally realizing that whatever she has been doing in the past isn’t working for her and she must make changes. 


The last song on the album is my favorite and it’s called Baby Hoop Earrings. I love it so much because it explores a mother daughter relationship as well as commentary on how she has changed since she was a  child and how her mother in turn views these changes. It made me think back to my relationship with my mother as I’ve gotten older. This album is definitely a must hear. Especially if you like music that is reminiscent of the 2000s as well as influences by Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and even Willow Smith. I can both hope and tell that Gilanares is going to go far in her career. Especially if she continues to stick to her truth and her voice.

I am a sophomore at the University of Kentucky with a major in Journalism! My passions are writing and reading poetry, as well as, experiencing new things the world has to offer!
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