Something Less Than Alone, an achingly vulnerable indie-folk record that sees the now nineteen-year-old plotting her growth over the last few years. It’s an album that showcases the simultaneous beauty and turmoil of our teenage years, so filled with unknowns as childhood transitions into young adulthood. Guzman holds nothing back in soundtracking her own coming-of-age experience, sharing her insecurities, her joys, her regrets, and her hopes for whatever comes next.
Though not her first LP, Guzman considers this a fresh start – and certainly the beginning of a new era for her as an artist.
“It’s definitely a coming-of-age album,” she reflects. “I started writing it at 14, so it’s been a long time for me. These are really the songs that represent how I’ve grown over these years, both as a person and a songwriter. I’ve made friends, lost friends, got my heart broken a couple of times, been a camp counselor, worked at Subway, and more. I’ve been all over the place, and I wanted to get it all out there.”
A collection of wistful and wondrous songs built up around Guzman’s gentle voice and guitar, Something Less Than Alone puts the artist’s songwriting talents front and center as she weaves through her own highs and lows, uncovering the beauty and the wreckage inside us all through stories of everyday living.
“It’s a lot of little moments; that’s what I wanted it to be,” Guzman explains. “It’s me trying to evoke a feeling, rather than tell you what happened to me. I’m trying to show you how I felt in my lines – to use my words, the poetry and music to show you how I’m feeling.”