15-year-old singer-songwriter, Cloe Wilder is quickly establishing herself as an indie-pop artist to watch. Early last year, she released her debut EP, Teenage Lullabies, which perfectly showcased her stunning vocal range throughout seven well-rounded and picturesque tracks. On top of the release, she also found herself staying busy releasing weekly live videos on her YouTube channel between recording sessions, and shared the music video for “In The Next Life.”
After a successful and exciting 2021, Cloe kickstarted her 2022 just last week with her latest single, “We’re Not Special”, an atmospheric track that paints a picture of mundane everyday life in a way that only Cloe manages to make feel magical. The contrast between her dreamy vocals and the bittersweet lyrics makes the song a total standout.
With “We’re Not Special” out now and big plans for the rest of 2022, Cloe Wilder is poised to break out this year. Read what she had to say about her new music (including another single coming very soon) and more below.
Prelude Press: You’re coming off of an incredibly busy 2021, with the release of your debut EP, your weekly live videos and your music video for “In The Next Life.” What was the highlight of the last year for you?
Cloe Wilder: I wrote my best songs in 2021. They’re my favorites and I’m dying for people to hear them; I love being this excited about music.
Looking back on Teenage Lullabies, what are some of your favorite things about the EP?
I thought it was the perfect first project for me. Sonically, the songs share a very ethereal sound with a dash of bedroom indie; we actually wrote the whole project in my bedroom. I’m still very happy with the final product.
2022 is already shaping up to be an exciting year as well, kicking off with your new single, “We’re Not Special.” Can you tell us a little bit about the track? What inspired it?
I wrote “We’re Not Special’ with Sam Nicolosi back in September. It’s written as if I’m speaking to this person about all of the reasons why we’re exactly like everyone else. There’s nothing we can say or do that will give us a better shot at this. It’s this complicated mess that makes us hurt. Maintaining relationships can feel so useless to me sometimes. Nothing feels special yet and I think that’s okay.
Sonically, was there anything that you were excited to do or try with “We’re Not Special”?
We went with the messy/doubled vocal style, which I’ve been into lately. The nature of the song itself was new to me.
What would you like for listeners to take away from the song?
Whatever they want! I’m only here to make music and I’m grateful for any attention it gets. Universally, I think we’re all comforted by similar things in music.
In addition to “We’re Not Special” you’re also working on a new album this year! Do you have any goals in mind for these new songs?
I’m trying to be honest, thoughtful, and take listeners into my world.
As a young artist, you have a lot of freedom to experiment with your sound and try a lot of new things out. Is there anything in particular that you want to try with your new music?
I’ve been in this comfortable and natural space of songwriting. I’m not pushing it in any other direction. It’s definitely a new sound, but I think it’s what I’m meant to be writing. I like my sad little songs on acoustic guitar.
When can fans expect to hear some more new music?
I’m going to be releasing a ton of singles this year, my second one coming in March!
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you! I think we covered it 🙂