With the release of the From the Factory EP, Stephanie Ault brings a new feel to a classic genre. Lush with beautiful piano progressions, soulful melodic vocals and powerful cello hooks, the record boasts a dreamlike aesthetic while edging on indie pop. Though songs are diverse from one another, there is a binding, thematic glue that holds them all together much like a concept album. Most importantly, the EP never strays from the unvarnished vulnerability and sharing of personal experiences that great songs are built from.
The first single, “Shame On Us”, offers an almost lullaby-esque feel that seems to breathe and unfold as it plays on.
The songwriter herself explains of her single, “‘Shame On Us’ is about my desperation to salvage a dying relationship with the father of my child. It was a totally devastating time in my life. Here I was, far from the Colorado mountains that I called home and living on a tiny, chaotic corner of Brooklyn with a newborn baby. I was scared out of my mind, riddled with heartbreak and probably not making the best emotional decisions.The song is about the frustration people feel when they’re wanting someone else to see from their perspective, but the remorse of realizing they didn’t try and step into the other person’s shoes and empathize with them.”
Although the single speaks volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding of where Ault is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety. Songs like “Just Words” give off a much more upbeat radio pop style while others remain strong and personal ballads, each with its own story to tell.
Ault says of the EP, “The opening track, ‘Shame On Us’, is the prelude to an entire story that I take you through. The four songs that follow link together in a chapter book like fashion, beginning with the realization that my relationship is over, to then expressing the awkwardness and disappointment of becoming a single Mother. Towards the end, I go into a peeling back of a layer and finally round out with an acceptance of the situation and the decision to lean on a higher power to carry me through the hardships and heartaches in life.”
Stephanie Ault can remember composing music in her head since before she could even talk. After writing her first song at the age of only 6, she started writing poetry and banging out melodies on her keyboard. Though she took violin lessons as a child and cello as a young adult, piano was a self taught instrument for the songwriter. After moving to NY to attend a performing arts college to study acting, Ault decided to backpack across Europe on her own where she met musicians seemingly everywhere her journey took her. Whether it was singing with a 3 part string quartet in Scotland, or strumming a ukulele on a train in Prague, she couldn’t get away from her calling. Once arriving back in the states, she immediately started writing her first EP and hasn’t stopped since.
The From the Factory EP is now available for streaming and download on most major digital outlets, and has gained attention from New York’s “The Morning After” who interviewed the songwriter in person. Seeing no end to her creative outlet, Ault has already begun working on new material for her upcoming Pigeon Holed EP and is planning local performances in support of her release.