Filipina singer-songwriter Elise Huang has come a long way from helming stripped-down confessionals that grapple with one’s personal history to coming out of her shell with songs that defy conventions. Huang’s remarkable transition has given her the opportunity to explore the outer fringes of pop music without completely losing the emotional vulnerability that defined her earlier releases—a quality that sets her apart from similarly categorized acts.
Now ready to map uncharted territory while maintaining accessibility, Elise Huang finds a middle ground between introspective, acoustic pop and producer-driven R&B on “Lonely”—her first official single under Island Records Philippines and MCA Music Inc.
Brushing over sultry, soulful beats and lush instrumentation, the rising new act sings about self-worth and women empowerment with a refreshing new perspective. “I’ve just grown tired of hearing my friend’s stories about the guys they’re dating, which ghost them and come back only when they feel like it,” says Elise Huang. “I wrote the song out of that and to remind people that they shouldn’t settle for someone who sees you as a security blanket. We are worth the dinner dates, flowers, and the commitment.”
Taking a swipe at men who only remembers they’re in a relationship when loneliness strikes, “Lonely” is a kiss-off that navigates one-sided relationships with wisdom developed through years of observation and familiarity.
In this particular track, Elise Huang worked with producers Sam de Leon and knōwmaad, who brought a different dimension to her sound without fully getting rid of what made her distinct in the first place. “I got to work with some good friends of mine, and meet a new sound engineer to mix the track. We all had that same wavelength and that is very important especially when you’re in a work-from-home situation.” The smothering crossover tune also features a pool of collaborators, including Daniel Monong (Recording Engineer), Jana Lee (Mixing Engineer), and Nick Azurin (Mastering Engineer).
In terms of following a particular music direction, Elise Huang explains that she has long wanted to get into modern pop/R&B. “Lonely” takes this path with compelling earnestness, giving the singer-songwriter a chance to tick off the box on her wish list. “It was actually my very first attempt at the genre and I’m still writing more songs hopefully similar to it,” Elise Huang points out. “I want to challenge myself and experiment with other types of music. All I really hope to achieve is to find my sound in whatever this is, and stick to it, and hope that people like it too.”
Elise Huang’s “Lonely” is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Island Records Philippines and MCA Music Inc.