Video Premiere: Naomi Greenwald, “So We Try”


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Naomi Greenwald stretches her legs on Composite, a new EP that bounces between early ‘90s indie rock and late Fleetwood Mac. On the opening track, “So We Try,” she wraps her vocals around swooning violins and plunking piano. “Time, rest your weary head — and leave me alone for awhile,” goes the chorus, a sad refrain that could’ve been lifted from an old torch song.

“I wrote “So We Try” about two weeks before recording Composite,” she tells American Songwriter. “I had already selected the songs for the EP, but in the meantime, I had all this nervous energy — a combination of excitement about the record and excitement’s flip side: anxiety and self-doubt. One day, while I was practicing, I decided to try and write a song about time and how it’s always there, passing, threatening to bring more of the same mundanity… or worse, something tragic. I was only working on the lyrics for a short while before I realized I was in serious need of a little perspective, and I actually got embarrassed that I was writing a lament to time, so I also wanted to capture the self-deception that often accompanies “woe is me” moments. Anyway, it felt like “So We Try” was just waiting to be realized — as both a song and a lesson!”

Watch the premiere of the song’s music video, directed by L.A.-based camera wiz Max Goldblatt, below.

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