The honest tone of the EP allows Aspen to project the listener into her shoes, allowing them to relate with every situation, relationship, and life experience she conveys through her lyrics. Whether it’s running into an ex’s mom at the grocery store (“Closure”), or finding old journal scribblings of a guy you’d just met (“Gold”), you’re immersed in the imagery of Aspen’s storytelling throughout This One Is About You.
Aspen is an optimist in the most true sense of the word, always making the best of bad situations and finding lessons to share along the way. Many of the songs on This One Is About You can be interpreted various ways depending on the state of mind the listener is in, and each listener may have different takeaways from them. The point of art is not for people to have a set perception of it, but allowing them their creativity in deriving meaning; Aspen is an artist that holds true to these values. “I hope they hear themselves in the words I sing. I hope they hear these stories and relate to them in different ways. Interpret them to fit their situations.”
Aspen worked primarily with Tommy Trautwein, who produced, mixed, and mastered the entire EP from his home in Athens, GA. “Tommy came with a lot of artistic vision and found ways to make my ideas come to life. It was such a collaborative project.” Together, Aspen and Tommy were able to create a cohesive project with a warm and hopeful sound to match the lyrics. Aspen’s tender, honest voice and lyrics pair well with simple acoustic guitars, crisp drum beats, the occasional synth and/or sax, and a clean production that allows her songwriting to speak volumes.