In March, it was introduced that 17-year-old actress Emily Alyn Lind had landed the extremely coveted lead position in HBO Max’s upcoming Gossip Lady reboot. Whereas quarantine might postpone her journey to the Higher East Aspect, it is given solution to one other artistic challenge: music.

Like Gossip Lady stars Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen earlier than her, Lind is forging a music profession in tandem with appearing. A gifted songwriter and vocalist, she’s been revisiting outdated songs whereas self-isolating along with her household in Los Angeles, taking them from half-finished voice memos to what’s going to quickly be a totally fashioned EP. First up: “Spotless Thoughts,” her debut single, which comes full with a music video shot in her childhood bed room over the previous few weeks. “I wasn’t going to launch something, however this got here out of nowhere,” she says. “I have been simply honing this new craft that I’ve discovered of blending and enhancing and studying as I am going with a purpose to create this EP. It is a problem, however I prefer it.”

Watch the video for “Spotless Thoughts,” premiering solely on NYLON, beneath and skim on for a quarantine chat with Lind (who simply celebrated her 18th birthday) about new music, staying artistic, and a standing replace on Gossip Lady.

What made you resolve to launch music throughout this time?

I launched a tune known as “Castles” about seven months in the past, and it was extra produced and, I assume, within the pop style, which I like. However I write extra within the acoustic style, and I’ve all these songs that actually imply lots to me and I would put up them on Instagram and folks appeared to need me to launch them, however I did not know when could be a very good time or if I ever would. Simply being in quarantine and figuring out what I might do with this time — to present these outdated songs the eye that I feel they deserve — I assumed it will be actually enjoyable. I wished to launch music as a result of I additionally assume it is what’s preserving us all collectively. I’ve cherished listening to new songs popping out. It is a somber time, however it’s good to know that new artwork is being created.

What form had been the outdated songs in earlier than you began engaged on them?

Voice memos. [Laughs]. They had been voice memos on my cellphone. That is it. This EP goes to be very lo-fi, very acoustic. There’s something very highly effective to me about only a voice and a guitar or piano. It is all in your face, and it’s what’s, prefer it or not. All of those songs are lyrically very pushed. I mainly had a couple of songs that I knew I wished to revisit, after which I wrote three extra. And I am nonetheless within the course of, which is the enjoyable half about it. As an artist, it is really easy to procrastinate, however if you happen to set a deadline for your self, you form of need to do it.

Why did you resolve to place out “Spotless Thoughts” as the primary tune?

That is onerous. “Spotless Thoughts” is a tune that I wrote some time in the past. It was about one of many first relationships I ever had and this lesson that you just study in your first relationship the place you see love for 2 various things. It is form of unhappy however it’s additionally lovely — love is the most effective factor on the earth and it is the worst factor on the earth. It is understanding that one thing so nice will also be so horrible. This EP actually has to do with me being actually real within the classes I’ve discovered in life. A number of the songs have a decision. “Spotless Thoughts” is fascinating as a result of it has parts of happiness and parts of somberness, too.

When did you shoot the video?

I put quite a lot of effort into it, however quite a lot of effort as a result of I did not know what I used to be doing. I feel if somebody knew what they had been doing, they might have finished it in ten minutes. As an actor and somebody who’s surrounded by films and tv, I see issues visually, so I wished to create one thing that was parallel to the tune. I wished to see it. I mainly took all the pieces off the partitions of my room and cleared all the pieces out, and had my sister’s boyfriend Jordan, who’s an incredible guitarist, get right into a bunny go well with. I had one other concept, however then I noticed this go well with on-line and thought, “that is it.” Then I had my little sister in a inexperienced display go well with spraying my hair blue. However I assumed it wasn’t sufficient, so one night time, I made a decision to alter it fully and projected it in opposition to a wall with a projector I discovered within the storage and stood in entrance of it. Anyway, it was a course of.

Did you already know how you can edit a video?

I did not know any of it. Truthfully dude, I used to be in iMovie, and now I am in FinalCut and AdobePro. I tousled as a result of I put my sister in a inexperienced display go well with, however I did not put her in entrance of a inexperienced display. My thoughts thought, “If you happen to put somebody in a inexperienced display go well with, you’ll be able to edit them out.” No. The wall is white, and that’s only a particular person in a inexperienced outfit

Do you have got a launch plan discovered for the remainder of the EP?

I will launch one other single in about two weeks, and may launch one other tune earlier than dropping the EP, however it’s all going to be within the subsequent month. I hear all these individuals on-line which have actually supported me and are continually asking “When is new music coming?” and I haven’t got solutions. I am like, “Why am I slacking? Why do not I simply do it?”

Had you began filming Gossip Lady previous to quarantine?

We had been in pre-production, however it’s form of up within the air proper now, similar to all the pieces is. But it surely’s coming. It is not going to go away. It is going to be nice.

Do you need to tour with this music as soon as concert events begin taking place once more?

Yeah, as soon as the apocalypse is over. I’ve at all times been curious about touring. I haven’t got quite a lot of stage expertise, in addition to karaoke in Koreatown. I’d a lot fairly tour with this content material than the pop-focused music or the extra funky-rock stuff. I’ve quite a lot of completely different completely different genres that I need to discover, however this might be a very nice EP to tour with since it’s largely simply me on a guitar.

What music has been preserving you sane whereas in quarantine?

After John Prine handed, I used to be delving again into his artistic endeavors over time and actually entering into it once more and appreciating him for who he was. I have been listening to quite a lot of Adrienne Lenker from Large Thief. Vibrant Eyes simply got here out with new stuff, which is thrilling. “Persona Non Grata” is good. This can be a onerous query, as a result of I am listening to one million issues and now I can not keep in mind something. A number of Angel Olsen. Jessica Lee Mayfield is a giant one; she has this actually nice Elliott Smith covers album. After which my favorites, Sir Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

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