Following her haunting ambient debut of “but why?” at the end of 2017, neek’s new single let her go finds us in her cold and fractured electronic world, but this time introduces a raw female voice who pleads for answers from an unrequited love.
LA-based producer, artist and vocalist, neek, is back with the intimate and aching new single let her go. True to her first release, she continues to swim in the pain and frustration found in unexplained rejection.
On let her go, the second single off neek’s forthcoming EP, she longs for explanation as she begs to understand why the person she loves is with somebody else. A lonely and weighted synth enters as a space-like wind blows through her cold world. Her clear yet vulnerable vocal pierces through and begins to explain “when i’m with you i hold my breath,” an innocent expression that quickly takes a cold turn as she scolds, “hate you for making such a mess.” The synth supports her frustration, getting heavier and more dissonant until she finally admits, “all of my time is spent/all of my mind is spent thinking of you.”
By the chorus, it’s clear she’s had enough and explodes internally, offering a melody that emulates the confusion of emotions found in unrequited love. The snares come in and reinforce that pain and anger as she bluntly asks “why you have to be with her, when you could be holding me close,” clearly false confidence, as she immediately has to reflect to herself, “why’s it have to hurt?” Without missing a beat, the anger quickly sets right back in as she accuses: “acting like you don’t even know.” She goes on to get lost in her own thoughts as she pictures what it would be like to expose her feelings “oh i wish i was her, no, i wish she could know, NO, i want you just to let her let her go,” she desperately pleads.
As we reach the bridge, her voice begins to deteriorate as she repeats once again that “all of my time is spent/all of my mind is spent thinking i’m with you.” It’s almost as if she is finally realizes that she’s been projecting and imagining false chemistry and begins to fall apart.
Her vulnerable desperation leads us to one final chorus where her high pitched vocals and all of the voices in her head plead and scream to “let her go,” a last attempt to be heard.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nicole Weisberg grew up surrounded by music, with a family who prioritized art like religion. After the unexpected loss of her father in 2016, she went into isolation and only felt peace when lost in a Pro Tools session. The gravity of her loss led to a subconscious rebuilding of strength, centered on the openness and acceptance found when creating. Her home-recorded electronic soundscape-pop serves as a self-reflective exploration of the strength found in vulnerability.
Upon graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in music and focus on classical guitar, she moved back home to Los Angeles where she reconnected with highschool friends, Evan Windom ( Saro ), David Burris ( Busy Busy ), Sean Draper ( Pander Sera ) and Kyle Draper and they immediately began writing music together for the Saro project. With a shared common vision of being in complete control of their art, they began cultivating a creative safe space for artists to develop and grow on their own terms, and so was the birth of the Mateo Sound artist collective.
She’s also recently teamed up with creative/visual director, Amy Narodovich who is workin the forthcoming EP. With this new home and creative family, neek earned her moniker and felt more compelled than ever to pursue production of her own. Under the guidance, support and apprenticeship of David Burris (Busy Busy,) she began learning Pro Tools and set up a home studio in her bedroom. She hasn’t left since.