“Baptise Me” marks a new stage in Luna’s livelihood as a creative artist. It is the lead single from her inaugural EP as Ehlie Luna. But beyond the name change and the new project, the track makes holy the coping mechanisms -- and the eventual bloom of certainty and wisdom -- that come attached with navigating unfamiliar territory on your own. “Am I losing my halo? Am I too scared to let go?” she ponders, before propelling herself into a newfound emotional abyss.
Over a lush, trip-hop-inflected R&B skitter co-produced by Hustle Standard and Fredrik “Fredro” Ödesjö, “Baptise Me” processes the head rush of doubt into something tangible, sanctifying it in the process.
“I was working through a lot of emotional and spiritual confusion and epiphanies through songwriting,” she says of the forces that directed “Baptise Me.” “I was literally trying to take this blob of feelings and give it shape through words to help me process it.”
The accompanying, self-directed video is a ruminative, grainy visual that externalizes the feeling of interior exploration embedded into the song. Partially out of circumstance (“I rented a car and did all my touch-ups and changes in the backseat,” she writes), but partially out of a need for immediate intimacy, Luna basks in the sylvan wonders around her, raw and unembellished.
Luna is set to drop her first EP in the near future. Her next music video will feature a collaboration with Tarik Carroll and Marquis Neal of the EveryMAN Project.
Watch the rustic, transcendent video for “Baptise Me” below: