- 17 Nov 20
Moen's 'Creature of Habit' EP is scheduled for release on December 11.
Engaging in some healthy self-exploration, the song was written after a panic attack while Elizabeth was moving from a friend’s attic into her aunt’s basement.
“This last year has brought up a lot of feelings for all of us," Moen said of the track.
"It's easier to accept and process the 'good' ones but when fear or pain come in, it feels like they're just going to stay and completely take over. Learning to work through my emotions and let things come and go has helped me be a little gentler to my own brain. There's so much going on in the world, and we need to be better to ourselves and advocate our needs and feelings.”
Creature of Habit makes impressive use of Moen’s trademark blues roots and experimental, haunting introspection.
Her most recent single, 'Eating Chips', is a quarantine anthem about feeling lonely and afraid of uncertainty.
“Learning more about production and mixing this year helped me use those tools as a form of escapism,” Elizabeth notes of the tongue-in-cheek single, which is – at surface level at least – about snacks.
“I wanted this song to sound like a Western in space, but a full band comes into the saloon and jams for a bit. I miss my bandmates and friends, and this was just a way to pretend I'm playing music with them on Mars and not dancing alone in the middle of nowhere."
In her heartland hometown of Vinton, Iowa, Moen taught herself guitar as a teenager.
"I've always been able to sit alone in my thoughts,” she says,“but I can't sit in silence. I realised songs were the best way I could explain my thoughts and feelings to others — and to myself."
Moen felt derailed by the pandemic, but her focus on songwriting as a coping mechanism remained.
"There are only certain things I have control of in life and I gotta just keep growing, healing, and learning. These songs helped me while I wrote them in quarantine."
During part of the writing process, Moen lived with her aunt - who is a therapist. Moen became increasingly intrigued by her own inner workings, and this process made its way into her music.
Having started in the arena of raw, bluesy, acoustics; Moen’s bold embrace of indie-pop production and electronic textures is especially exciting.
Listen to 'It'll Get Tired Too' by Elizabeth Moen below: