With so much music and so many awe-inspiring voices out there, it can be hard to find a project that feels specifically tailored to your own thoughts, feelings, and challenges. No matter what any of those are for you, you’ll find some sort of solace in Adeline V. Lopez’s breathtaking new EP, feel too much. Over the course of six tracks, Adeline touches on everything from heartbreak to escapism, from missing family members to refusing to let someone silence your voice. If you’re someone who feels too much, you’ll recognize pieces of yourself in each song to the point where it feels like Adeline knows you better than you do.
“It’s been incredible,” Adeline tells TREMG. “Although seeing my numbers grow has been so unbelievably cool, the best part is getting to connect with people who listen and love the songs. On social media, I’ve had kids reach out to me and explain how my music has affected them and helped them through some hard times. Music has always been my go-to coping mechanism, so being able to take that role on for someone else is easily the best feeling in the world.”
Throughout feel too much, Adeline’s songwriting talents really get a chance to shine, not only describing her feelings but building a world around them in a similar vein to confessional artists like Gracie Abrams. As you listen, you’re brought right into the story and Adeline’s perspective as she’s processing her experiences while finding who she is in an ever-overwhelming world. “Oh, fuck, I haven’t moved on as much as I thought,” she plainly confesses on the standout “catharsis,” which beautifully intertwines nervous imagery with more straightforward frustration.
“I would say that the most cathartic (no pun intended) song to write was either ‘catharsis’ or ‘ny won’t feel the same,’” Adeline shares. “Both of those songs were written when I was in a really bad place and struggling with my mental health and relationships. The worst part was, I couldn’t articulate how I felt, which is why writing those songs were so important. Writing out, in complete honesty, how I felt helped me understand what I was going through, and to move on.”
The true mark of a seasoned songwriter is their ability to make you feel things, whether it’s pulling you into their life’s situations or prompting you to reflect on your own. Adeline manages to do both with feel too much, striking a moving balance between ruminating on the past and worrying about the future. And in that future, she’ll definitely have quite a few hits on her hands.
“When people reach out to me on social media… it means so much to me,” Adeline says. “I just want to thank everyone who’s reached out to let me know my music has helped them or touched them in some way – they’re giving me an incredible gift. It means I’m succeeding at the thing I love most in the world.”
You can find feel too much on your favorite streaming services now, and get to know Adeline V. Lopez on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and her website! Keep reading for more from our interview with this amazing singer-songwriter.
Congratulations on your new EP, feel too much! What has it been like for you to share the project with the world and see how your fans are reacting?
It’s been incredible. Although seeing my numbers grow has been so unbelievably cool, the best part is getting to connect with people who listen and love the songs. On social media, I’ve had kids reach out to me and explain how my music has affected them and helped them through some hard times. Music has always been my go-to coping mechanism, so being able to take that role on for someone else is easily the best feeling in the world.
As I listened to feel too much, I felt that lyrics like “you find a way to co-exist with life when you’re walking the borderline between laughing and crying” from “catharsis” summarized the EP’s main feelings really well. Is there a certain lyric you feel works as a thesis statement for the whole EP?
That’s really interesting to think about. I don’t know if I could single out one specific line, but I think that “if i knew how to breathe” encapsulates a lot of the emotions that I write about. “if i knew how to breathe” was one of the first songs I wrote on the EP, and it was kind of just word
vomit. Honestly, I’m still not one hundred percent sure what some of the lines in that song really mean- but they felt so right to me as I was writing the song, so I didn’t want to change much. I wrote it about my anxiety both about myself and also about my relationships with others, which I would say summarizes the central themes of the EP!
Speaking of lyrics, there are so many beautiful lines on this EP! Is there a certain lyric you’re especially proud of?
Lyric-wise, I think “catharsis” might be my favorite, just because the lyrics are so honest and personal to me. When I listen to “catharsis,” I’m still always surprised about how accurately it describes my emotions… and I’m the one who wrote it!
Which song on feel too much means the most to you and why?
That’s like making someone choose which child is their favorite! They are all so personal and close to my heart that it’s impossible to say one means more than another. However, I would say that the most cathartic (no pun intended) song to write was either “catharsis” or “ny won’t
feel the same.” Both of those songs were written when I was in a really bad place and struggling with my mental health and relationships. The worst part was, I couldn’t articulate how I felt, which is why writing those songs were so important. Writing out, in complete honesty, how I felt
helped me understand what I was going through, and to move on.
Which songs on feel too much took the longest and shortest amounts of time to make?
“catharsis” definitely took the longest! First, it took forever to write for the reasons I just mentioned. It’s hard to write a song about how you feel when you have no clue how you actually feel. So that process took a really long time. Then, once I was happy with the lyrics, I went through a couple drafts of production. The first version of “catharsis” was a completely different song. It was basically a dance and hip-hop song. After a couple days of listening to that version, I realized that I wasn’t happy with it, and so the process continued as I tried to perfect the song.
The song that took the shortest amount of time was probably “hand me down scars” because those feelings had been bubbling up for a really long time, so writing them out came very organically and quickly.
‘feel too much’ deals with so many different emotions, from heartbreak to missing your older siblings when they move away, but it still feels very cohesive and like a full story. How did you go about choosing the tracklist order?
I listened to all the songs in a couple different orders, and then switched things around a bit until I felt like I could slide from song to song instead of jump.
As a fellow Swiftie, I have to ask – is there a certain Taylor Swift album that’s especially influenced you and your music? The lyric “it can’t be that bad, right? Until I’m alone at night and it’s too quiet” gave me such Midnights vibes!
That might be the best compliment I’ve ever received. Thank you! This might be a bit controversial, but my favorite album is easily folklore. I love the singer-songwriter vibes and the storytelling is so incredible. I think that I was especially inspired by “august” and “illicit affairs” because of the journey you go on as you listen to them. I think that you can probably hear that influence the most in “new york won’t feel the same” … which, as I’m thinking about it now, definitely has major “august” vibes!
For anyone who isn’t familiar with your music already, which of the songs on feel too much would you recommend to them to get a feel for who you are as an artist?
“one last song!” It’s the one I wrote most recently, and I think it captures both the softer and harder side of my music in one song!
We at TREMG love getting to know new artists who haven’t gotten the success or attention they deserve. Who are some of your favorite underrated artists at the moment?
I have so many. Recently I’ve been listening on repeat to Peach PRC’s new EP, Manic Dream Pixie, which is so good. I’ve also been obsessed with Noah Cyrus lately. Of course, she’s very successful, but I’d still say she’s really underrated. I also of course have to shout out one of my really close friends in the music world, Sam Yannerelli, who just released a new single, “Timeless.” She’s incredibly talented and I wholeheartedly recommend listening to her songs!
What can your fans look forward to in the rest of 2023?
That’s a secret I’ll never tell…
Is there anything else you’d like to mention or say to your fans that the questions didn’t touch on?
When people reach out to me on social media, as I was mentioning earlier, it means so much to me. I just want to thank everyone who’s reached out to let me know my music has helped them or touched them in some way – they’re giving me an incredible gift. It means I’m
succeeding at the thing I love most in the world.
By Madison Murray
Featured Image: Courtesy of Adeline V. Lopez
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