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The Realest Vision, Brenna Tipps Lights A Fire For The Shadows In Pop Music

Palm trees and other coastal brush offer a unique spectacle when you’re dripping in sunshine. On the ground, they stand tall and wispy in the balmy breeze, or, if it’s a desert oasis like Las Vegas, they cast gauntly shadows against the neon. In reality, though…they’re sparse.

Sometimes the glow of a structure is larger than the subject itself, and as we learn in Aaron Lamont’s latest single featuring Brenna Tipps, called “Shady”, heavy deception comes in the prettiest packages.

These two LA-based artists met at a Hollywood party and instantly connected on a singer-songwriter level, comparing notes and planting the early seeds of collaboration on-site against the evening palms. Tipps, born and raised in southern Texas, moved to the west coast about three years ago to pursue her childhood passions of spooling relatable music that reinvents the pop genre, shaping up to be the next force in post-pandemic music production. Having written her own material and singing since she was sixteen, Tipps found her haven in the cinematic dreamscapes of Los Angeles, finally able to nurture her creative sparks in a supportive community of artists, like Lamont.

 

“Aaron surrounds himself with such great people, and just being in the studio with them was so great,” said Tipps. “Everyone hyped each other up, and it was such a positive environment…very thankful for him. He’s like family now.”

Meeting Lamont was a match made in heaven for Tipps, who has already released three scintillating singles that tackle familiar motifs of strength and reclaiming yourself in broken situations. After Lamont sent her the self-titled demo beat, engineered by LA-based producer, Maze Taylor, stars began to take shape, as Tipps instantly picked up the subject matter from the rhythms alone.

“Similarly to Aaron, I had inspiration from toxic people and relationships,” said Tipps, “and when he sent me the beat I immediately related it to the title.”

 

Tipps is a powerful solo artist, but her ideal collaborations come in the form of Lamont, with obvious variations in character. When uniting her voice to another artist, Tipps looks for a strong male to female contrast in vocals, as well as a defined r&b feel. Her solo work speaks to this demographic, producing captivating similarities to Ariana Grande or The Weeknd. What stands out in her music is the swirling decadence of so named artists coupled with a down-to-earth perspective, giving us all something we can relate to sonically and lyrically. On “Shady”, both Tipps and Lamont curl the nuances of damaging relationships around skiddy beats and atmospheric pressure that forces you to look at the palm trees and study their shadows. We’re not always in the presence of giants, no doubt.

 

 

“Similarly to Aaron, I had inspiration from toxic people and relationships,” said Tipps, “and when he sent me the beat I immediately related it to the title.”

Tipps is a powerful solo artist, but her ideal collaborations come in the form of Lamont, with obvious variations in character. When uniting her voice to another artist, Tipps looks for a strong male to female contrast in vocals, as well as a defined r&b feel. Her solo work speaks to this demographic, producing captivating similarities to Ariana Grande or The Weeknd. What stands out in her music is the swirling decadence of so named artists coupled with a down-to-earth perspective, giving us all something we can relate to sonically and lyrically. On “Shady”, both Tipps and Lamont curl the nuances of damaging relationships around skiddy beats and atmospheric pressure that forces you to look at the palm trees and study their shadows. We’re not always in the presence of giants, no doubt.

Similarly, on her most recent track, “Fake World”, which arrived on March 4, Tipps delivers vulnerable subject matter over an intoxicating beat that gleams as much as it glowers. Having Los Angeles as a backdrop can ignite the senses in a way that makes it difficult to separate dreams from reality, especially when those dreams are driven by social media anxiety.
“I wrote this after getting out of the ‘green phase’ of living in LA,” Tipps recalled. “While there are so many positive things about Los Angeles, a lot of things are dramatized and made to look better than reality. You can get caught up in it if you aren’t careful.”
Just as the single artwork illustrates, Tipps is telling us to look between the eyes and see things for what they are. For those wondering, Tipps has definitely moved on from this phase of moving to Los Angeles, and has a stronger grasp on the way things operate out west. On the contrary, there are many young hopefuls who don’t figure this out until the sunshine is blinding their judgment entirely, drowning in the mirage that’s projected by social media standards.
“I don’t want young, impressionable minds who view LA lives on social media to compare their lives and looks to influencers and creators,” said Tipps. “It is so important to be comfortable in your own skin and to love yourself…social media isn’t real!”
On Instagram, Tipps propels her authenticity by remaining transparent and active with her followers, promising to release a new track each month in support of a presumed full-length album.
Her first single, “Feel Something”, kicked off the new year with a bang, and was followed by “Don’t Trip” a month later. Though it hasn’t been officially announced, Tipps discography paints a vibrant story clear as the sunset, accompanied by anime and Japanese-inspired artwork that feeds the emotive qualities her listeners crave.“I lean towards science fiction, and anime is just so full of emotion, culture, and originality,” she said
The narratives that surround Tipps’ previous releases deal in heavenly escapes with your girlfriends and carrying the weight of a partner who’s emotionally absent. Tipps has stated that these tracks are speaking to the same person, and build a story of conquest, heartache, and tenacity. “Fake World” is another beautiful addition to the outline, as we anticipate the next release, collaboration or not.
“Pop music just has a way of relating to your moods,” Tipps explained, “and artists are changing the dynamic of pop by experimenting with new ideas and sounds that keep it fresh.”
Despite living against the glittering veils of Los Angeles, Tipps continues to keep things real with her audience, drawing inspiration from her surroundings and embossing them under hard light. The success of “Fake World” and “Shady” both come in clutch in the age of social media maximalism, but a real artist only paints what they can see, be it tangible imagination or fleeting realities. Tipps is showering the pop industry with melodic empathy, the tunes of which are just beginning to crystallize.

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