22-year-old folk artist quinnie began writing songs in early childhood, and casually releasing DIY recordings of her music in high school. The comfort and familiarity of this process have provided quinnie’s vulnerable and intimate lyrics with a safe place to land; in the comfort of her own bed with her cat by her side.
Dropping out after one year of college, this self-described “very sensitive 22-year-old” relocated to LA in pursuit of a dream. Uploading songs – mere sketches at first – to the internet, her powerful search for the truth, stood out. Working with executive producer Jake Weinberg – her best friend and roommate – breakout moments like “touch tank,” stole attention with their alluring sweep.
Despite being inspired by folk, ambient, and pop artists alike, quinnie doesn’t have one word to define her music. However, she can promise you this: the music is sentimental and earnest, with a sprinkle of playfulness and a truckload of honesty.
The gorgeous single, “ribbons,” is the latest cut taken from the deluxe version of her debut album, Flounder. An artist of rare emotion and empathy, her work – floral bedroom pop, acoustic in tone and ambitious in execution –sits in a unique place, both beautiful and highly complex. “Ribbons” exemplifies this – refulgent, and striking, it’s a sensual treat, while also packing an emotional punch. A song patiently built and earnestly constructed, it contains a hidden Joni Mitchell reference, a doff of the cap from one female artisan to another.
quinnie says of the song:
“‘ribbons’ is about being exhausted with the time and effort it takes to present feminine, and a desire to just be. I was inspired by Joni Mitchell’s ‘Carey,’ and the line ‘got me used to that clean white linen and that fancy French cologne,’ considering these motifs as markers of girlhood and feminine cleanliness.”
Recalling those early Maggie Rogers anthems, or even the intimacy of Clairo’s more recent work, quinnie is working at an electrifying pace. As a child, she longed to be a marine biologist – now she’s mapping out emotional realms.
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