Following the release of her rousing release ‘Popsicle’, we had a chat with Nashville artist book NOT brooke
Nashville singer-songwriter book NOT brooke has been carving out a reputation for herself over the last few years as an artist with an intimate and affable sound more than capable of working its way into your heart and mind, leaving a lasting impression with listeners.
Since her emergence in 2020, the artist has gradually been building an audience, with the candid authenticity and heart that permeates her sound giving it a really unique sense of personality and charm. The latest track to reaffirm this is the artist’s new single ‘Popsicle’, a thoughtful ode to finding joy in the smallest of things. The track has a really infectious sense of optimism throughout, with book NOT brooke’s lush vocals and endearing writing making for an atmosphere that feels truly welcoming and sincere throughout. We had a chat with book NOT brooke to find out some more about the great new track and her journey as an emerging artist.
Who TF is book NOT brooke?
Not Brooke. Not Brooke. Not Brooke.
How long have you been making music?
Music has pretty much always been a part of my life, but I didn’t start creating it until the last 2 or 3 years or so.
Why do you make music?
It’s the most meaningful and cathartic usage of my energy and time while I’m alive. I want to live a life of creative fulfillment and healing and exploration; music is my favorite medium through which I can do so.
What are your biggest influences?
The sounds that happen in my head that are seemingly out of my control. My dreams and their recurring settings. The feeling of coming in and out of consciousness right before falling asleep. The Artist’s Way. The absurd. Playing in orchestra growing up. Imperfections. Perfectionism. Longing to embody a version of myself who I know exists somewhere within. Extraterrestrial life.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
Finishing my first EP was a really meaningful milestone for me, and a lot of that has to do with where I was at mentally throughout that process. Now that I’ve met my bandmates, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific moment, but just feeling so connected to them and creating something new and meaningful has been very special.
How would you describe your sound to somebody unfamiliar with it?
Dreamy stuff that kinda hurts. Psychedelic dream pop (but not in the shoegaze way). Nostalgia for a memory that hasn’t yet happened.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
Throwing my phone into a lake. I know that social media is such an essential tool for sharing art in this day and age. Sharing art is what I want my life to revolve around, but I know from experience how bad my phone is for my brain. So my dream is to be able to have a sustainable career of sharing my music without having to use a phone.
We love your new single ‘Popsicle’, what more can you tell us about it?
I wrote Popsicle while eating a popsicle, surprisingly enough. I was sitting by my piano and started it as a sweet little lullaby. I couldn’t figure out how to rhythmically fit the lyrics in, so I abandoned it for months, and upon revisiting it, ditched the piano for a guitar and spit the mouthful of words out as quickly as I could. It’s a funny sort of love song, representing innocence and imperfection.
What else do you have planned for the near future?
I’m currently producing my first full length album to be released this fall. I also have started a new project with my bandmates called “baby wave” which I am stoked about. Stay tuned for those releases 🙂
And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
It’s got to be my best friend Sam. She sends me pictures of her car dashboard whenever she listens to my stuff, which makes me smile every time. Her favorite is Echo Chamber.