Emilie Brandt wanted to make sure that her debut album, Freeform, mirrored just how eccentric her very own life was. Helming from Denver, Colorado, the rising singer/songwriter decided to go above and beyond the expectations of "Lost," her late 2017 collab with Illenium, and forge a lane for herself, where she was able to straddle the layers of heartbreak and identity on the nine-track set.
"The entire album is a rollercoaster of different sounds, moods, and emotions. That is the reality of life," the singer told iHeartRadio in a statement. "One can't say their whole life is defined by one singular feeling, so how can I tell my story confined to one singular genre? This is why I appropriately titled the album Freeform."
From the uplifting opener "Bad 4 Me" to the emotionally stirring "Hell," the collection is very much how Brandt described it. However, the fluctuation in mood and emotions is tied to the singer's own personal struggles. During a recent interview, Brandt spoke candidly about mental illness, detailing a mood disorder that has forced her to take a step back from professional endeavors and focus on her health when need be. "As I'm getting older and learning more about who I am as a person, things have gotten easier to manage," she explained. "I've learned that some days I just need to take a step back from work and focus on my mental health, and I think that’s super important for everyone to do regardless of what specifically they are struggling with."
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