Independent singer and songwriter, TRACE, falls somewhere between the breezy, West Coast cool of Lana Del Rey, and the moody R&B ruminations of James Blake. With her own electronic venture sounding decidedly moody, she has positioned herself as an artist to watch.
As the daughter of Vietnamese pop icon, Carol Kim, TRACE has always been surrounded by music. She would spend much of her childhood watching her mother perform in front of thousands of fans. Or, listening to her vocal warm-ups through bedroom walls at home. But not wanting to follow in her mother’s footsteps, TRACE pursued a successful career in editorial. Creatively though, she was always drawn back to songwriting.
In her small Los Angeles apartment, TRACE began writing the tracks for what would soon become her debut EP, ‘Low’; recording everything in the bathroom. In March of 2015 she released her first single ‘Heavy Shoulders’, making it evident that music was what she was meant for. TRACE has firmly captured listeners’ imaginations with her moody alt-pop lyricism and echoing synth beats.
Last month we saw the release of ‘You Don’t Know Me’; a cool R&B inflected pop song about the assumptions we often make from a glimpse. Speaking about the track she said, “To really know someone is an intimacy we crave and rarely feel. When we get that chance to get close to someone, we sometimes realise, up close, they aren’t actually someone we like at all”.