Off the heels of her latest single “Picture Myself,” Stephanie Poetri has crafted her new EP titled oh to be in love (out March 18 via 88rising), the follow-up project to her first EP, AM:PM. The project tells the story of a deep, wholehearted, and vulnerable type of falling in love, and the highs and lows that come with it. The project is Stephanie’s most personal to date, with her writing on almost every single track. Creatively, she feels like she’s “found a sound that feels like home and will make people say, ‘that sounds like Stephanie Poetri’.”
Her song “Bad Haircut” features recording artist JVKE, where the two profess their deepest devotion to their loved ones, not just accepting them with every little flaw, but embracing and loving those flaws. The EP also features songs like “Please Don’t Die Before I Do,” where Stephanie bares her soul in an incredibly honest fashion, singing about loving someone so much that she fears the day they might leave this Earth first, leaving her alone.
On “Picture Myself,” Stephanie weaves nostalgia and longing into every word as she contends with the tumult of emotions associated with being in a long distance relationship. “You moved out the West and I moved to the city / Made separate beds but I still hold you in my chest when things aren’t looking pretty,” Stephanie sings over soft strummed acoustic guitar and warm synth melodies. The song captures the vulnerability and uncertainty that comes with being away from the one you love, but also a sense of understanding through its intimate lyrics.
What’s clear with this project is that Stephanie has had a creative evolution, elevating her songwriting and storytelling, while still continuing to share her deepest thoughts, fears, and emotions with her fans.
Along with her oh to be in love EP announcement, Stephanie also announces her “oh to be on stage” showcases in Los Angeles and New York later this Spring. These will mark the first ever debut headline performances by Stephanie Poetri, off the back of her incredible performances at the sold out Head in the Clouds Festival in Los Angeles, which drew 50,000 attendees. These two dates will be extremely intimate, giving her fans a special first ever live experience. Pop-duo sundial will be Stephanie Poetri’s Los Angeles support act, while local singer-songwriter penelope Q will open up the show in New York.