SONG PICK: NoSo – Suburbia (Video)
LA-based artist NoSo aka Abby Hwong (she/they), impresses and delights with lovely vocals, some serious guitar chops, and an uncanny talent for melodic pop songs. Today, she releases the glorious “Subarbia,” her new single, and video. In addition, she announces that she signed with Partisan Records. With “Suburbia,” she muses on her own upbringing, which seems to include difficulties inherent to urban fringes yet also memories of meaningful friendships.
Throughout college, I had a weird fear of learning music production. It wasn’t until my senior year that I started messing around with Logic and ended up recording all of the instruments for ‘Suburbia’ (the first song I produced). It felt like I’d finally found my sound.
I had the instrumental for a long time without knowing what to write about. One night, I got a drunk FaceTime from my friends in Chicago, and it was the first time in a while I really longed to return to that part of my life. I grew up in a predominately white suburb outside of Chicago (that the movie ‘Mean Girls’ was based on), and had a difficult time navigating the environment. But I had amazing friends who had my back. This song illustrates the absurdities of that suburban town (moms gossiping about teens) and the simple, lovely moments I didn’t register as my childhood, like eating golden Oreos outside a pharmacy with friends I had since kindergarten.
Inspired a photograph of 8-year-old NoSo dressed up on Halloween, Chantel Simpson directed and edited a charming, touching video that you would want to check out. Listen to “Suburbia,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Photo credit: Caity Krone