Holy Ramen is everything great about bedroom producers: intimate vulnerability thorough storytelling and creative control. With that, the Toronto-based artist’s newest single, “3am Thoughts,” and EP, In Exile, is a perfect example of this – and they’re both available now.
“3am Thoughts” is the product of a self-induced exile; bombarded by the duality of a toxic 24/7 news cycle and happy-go-lucky social media influencers, Holy Ramen was left with an empty feeling inside. Deciding to cut herself off from the world, Holy Ramen reclused into a personal uprooting, looking to find some sort of clarity in life.
‘It was too much,” she reveals. “I needed to cut myself off from everyone and everything. I entered a self-imposed exile, hence the name for this EP.
“I needed time alone to heal, and I was creating a lot of music.”
Inadvertently, “3am Thoughts” is a small tease of themes prominent in Holy Ramen’s newest EP, In Exile. A simple production that builds on itself, the song creates intricacies within its straightforward façade. The production embeds silky guitar and atmospheric keys to lull the listener into a daze – much like the late-night delirium that develops as the night goes by.
“Throughout my youth, I seemed fine on the outside – but not so much on the inside,” Holy Ramen recalls. “My darkest thoughts come to haunt me late at night, and if you listen to the lyrics carefully, it’s quite dark.”
Dark is an adjective that comes to mind, although the darkness behind some of the verses is accompanied by a raw and genuine vulnerability. The darkness that can accompany some of our late-night ponderances is oftentimes shined on by our acceptance of things we can’t change and words of wisdom – sometimes our own. “3am Thoughts” is a phenomenal representation of this.
“This wisdom comes with age / But with age now it’s too late
Calm down I’m just messing around / My mind’s full of strange noises and sounds
Think I got injected with the universe / Always making something new with the fairy dust”
Holy Ramen is an up-and-coming pop and hip hop artist who calls Toronto home. Best summed up as relatable and infectious, possessing an unruly talent for writing and storytelling, Holy Ramen draws inspiration from her real-life experiences to create a link between her music and her personal life and hardships.
Holy Ramen’s adventure in the world of music started at 12-years-old after she took interest in writing and producing music which evolved into her now blossoming music career.
While there is no dispute about Holy Ramen’s ability to invoke emotion in her listeners, the real bread finesse is in her innate competency of music production while ingeniously presenting music in multiple styles – all while staying on brand.
Holy Ramen’s big dreams and seemingly endless energy create a positive influence on her listeners and, inevitably, society as she climbs the ladder of success that haunts so many up-and-coming independent artists.