Alt-pop, Chinese American singer-songwriter Emei releases her new single, “Regrets,” a track lifted from her forthcoming debut EP, set to release on October 26.
Talking about “Regrets,” Emei shares that the song “was inspired by one of my nighttime journal entries consisting of a brain dump of every single stupid regret I’ve had. It starts with a light-hearted sarcastic list, and it devolves into all the things that I shouldn’t have done and the things I wish I could change. Though at first a slow ballad, it eventually hits a peak paralleling my frustration with myself. This single is the last single leading up to my debut EP and a glimpse into my hectic, existential, late-night brain.”
Based in Los Angeles, Emei developed her amazing stage presence while competing on Chinese Idol, when she was 15 years old. Taking third place, followed by months of stadium performances, she began releasing her own music on Chinese platforms and then performed on Dancing with the Stars of China.
When the COVID pandemic arrived, Emei started releasing music via American platforms, garnering attention from elite music outlets. Her song, “Late to the Party,” amassed more than 5 million Spotify streams, along with over 9 million views on TikTok and Instagram Reels.
Known for her witty, sassy lyricism, Emei has been featured on the cover of Salt and Fresh Finds Pop. Her music has been playlisted on New Music Friday, Big on the Internet, Pop Sauce, and Young & Free.
“Regrets” roll out on oscillating, kaleidoscopic tones topped by Emei’s dreamy, evocative voice. A brief breakdown shifts the harmonics to a delicious alt-pop melody that eventually takes on hints of alt-rock-lite energy.
Parading her dazzling vocal range, Emei’s voice encompasses lower tones, and then seamlessly alters to brilliant pop timbres, imbuing the lyrics with opulent textures and vibrant dynamics.
Emei has it going on! After beginning on low-slung, light colors, “Regrets” ramps up to scrummy layers of alt-pop brimming with heady get-up-and-go.