Anna Shoemaker Shares TOO HIGH Video
Anna Shoemaker is excited to share the video for her single "Too High." The track is off her newly released debut EP East Side (5town Records). The video premiered via Blackbook Magazine who note the single "is all jittery beats, sultry atmospherics and Anna's soulful vocals, lyrically telling a story of giving oneself over to a burgeoning romance." Of the video Anna says:
"My dad has always told me to 'never get too high, never get too low,' and I think that's the first time I've ever disagreed with a piece of his advice. I don't want to avoid feeling my feelings, whether they're good or bad. I wrote this song when I was falling in love. I was so anxious trying to navigate the beginning of this relationship- I felt out of control trying to figure out if this person felt the same way as me. This song was really my way of telling myself it's okay to lose control, it's okay to let yourself fall in love or get 'too high,' because even if it turns to s, you're strong and you'll build yourself back up again.
"The director of the music video, Tiffany Frances, has both an incredible eye and a very cinematic style to her work. We wanted the video to be specific to my personal style, true to who I am, and what 'Too High' is about. 5towns Records CEO, Steve Feinberg, and I came up with the idea for the skating thing, which ended up being a little freaky because we filmed it in an old abandoned bank with very uneven floors. We also purposefully chose not to fixate on someone as a romantic character in this video because we wanted to make it less about a relationship and more about female identity, finding yourself, and being unapologetically who you are."
Anna will be playing tonight, November 13, at NYC's Mercury Lounge. She is on at 7pm and tickets are available here.
Today's single is the follow up to "What Am I Doing To Me." The 23-year-old Shoemaker creates music that propels her well beyond the realm of singer/songwriter. Drawing elements of indie-pop, alt-rock, R&B, and hip-hop combined with her dreamy, hypnotic vocals, Shoemaker has created a unique hybrid that undoubtedly stands out.
Both singles and the EP were recorded with GRAMMY-nominated producer JT Daly (nominated in 2018 for K.Flay's "Blood In The Cut") in his Nashville studio. Shoemaker signed to 5Towns Records in late 2017 when she was chosen as Steve Madden's Emerging Artist of the Year. Additionally, she was featured in the Steve Madden global fall ad campaign for GenSteve.
Raised in Philadelphia, now New York based, Shoemaker credits the expansive Philly independent music scene and her college experience with influencing her writing. While at the University of Colorado, the budding artist would perform with just her acoustic guitar, which led to the alt-rock/pop sound that is embedded into her music today. Once Shoemaker moved back to Philadelphia, she incorporated elements of the city's underground hip hop and R&B scene into her writing.
It was her stripped down interpretation of a few of her favorite hip-hop tracks that helped catapult Shoemaker's budding career. Recorded on her childhood bedroom floor in Philadelphia and released exclusively on SoundCloud, "No Lie, Bitch Don't Kill My Cocoa Butter Kisses" is a mash-up of Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," and Chance The Rapper's "Cocoa Butter Kisses." At the end of 2017, Shoemaker released an accompanying VHS-shot music video (filmed by Chloe Corner) which caught the attention of key press tastemakers, such as Office Magazine, The Deli NY, and Pop Dust.
Shoemaker has started to make her mark as an emergent live artist. She closed out last year with a supporting slot for alt-pop songstress Bishop Briggs' show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and has graced the stages of Firefly Festival, Sofar Sounds, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Electric, The Box, and Communion Music's monthly showcase at Rockwood Music Hall.