Eman El Saied (sunstoney) releases a brand new EP, 2079, and takes listeners for an interstellar “Ride” exploring new creative territory.
Richmond-based producer, singer, songwriter, and lo-fi recording artist sunstoney looks toward the future and new musical horizons in 2079. Extending beyond the comfort zones of her past, sunstoney enters territory that is more pop than you might have experienced in previous releases.
Sunstoney doesn’t seem to reach for a singular kind of sound, but each song is well served through a fair degree of experimentation and familiarity. Over the course of seven songs, listeners are taken on a journey of self-awareness and introspection leading toward a higher plane of thought through exceptional lyricism elevated by exotic rhythms influenced by El Saied’s East African heritage blended with modern soul, R&B, and alternative music.
“When writing this song, I thought about all the things that I allowed to stand in the way of my happiness,” Sunstoney notes about “Ride,” the lead single. “I realized that living is all about doing what feels right in the moment and unapologetically at that! It’s that intuition, and gut connection that we so often ignore.”
Unlike many modern releases, the 2079 EP feels like a complete thought as an album. Even though each song stands uniquely on its own, the most comprehensive experience comes through appreciating the scope of the project as a whole.
In addition to shifting more toward dreamy psych-pop, sunstoney shares her individual experiences with body neutrality, mental health, and radical self-love. Her boldness as a musician and lyricist is sure to connect with listeners, especially those who appreciate authenticity regardless of the genre or label.
Find 2079 on all major platforms, and “Ride” on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Spotify playlist.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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