BEST NEW TRACKS: ELLA VOS - YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
You’re about to learn about L.A.’s Ella Vos with “You Don’t Know About Me” - a passionate and personal investigation into women’s rights. It’s an Our Bodies, Ourselves for Carly Rae Jepsen fans - a soothing balm for these troubling times.
ELLA VOS - YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
If you live in the United States, the English speaking world, or anywhere connected to the Internet, you’ve likely heard something about the firestorm surrounding the evisceration of the American Health Care system under Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress. Desperate for some sort of victory, the House passed the American Health Care Act which, if unchallenged, stands to remove health coverage from roughly 85,000 at risk citizens.
Unsurprisingly, given the (un)popularity of Trump’s and the Republican Party’s policies, the Senate pretty much immediately shot down the existing bill, vowing to scrap it and create something more tolerable for the threatened demographics, including women, who stand to lose many rights and autonomy under this current regime.
And yet, for all of the brave talk and admirable sentiments, there ISN’T ONE WOMAN on the board of 12 senators drafting the amended healthcare bill. That’s like hiring an Audi mechanic to handle your stomach cancer surgery. It’s all valves and plumbing, right?
Speaking on the motivation behind her new protest song, “You Don’t Know About Me,” Ella Vos wonders what year it is, and what planet we’re living on, when women get no say on their own bodies. “Why does it sometimes feel as if we’re back in 1972 when 70 year old male legislators were the ones making decisions about young women’s bodies? I wrote a song about ignorance. About all those little comments we combat throughout the day. About choosing to replace those words with empowering statements. This is my body. I am a woman. I am a daughter. I am a mother. None of us choose the first two, but don’t we all deserve a choice with the latter?”
“You Don’t Know About Me” isn’t as grim and as serious as it sounds, luckily - this is no po-faced, overly earnest folk ballad; no screw-faced and overall-ed faux Marxism. Nope! “You Don’t Know About Me” is as bouncy and breezy as any springtime banger - but there’s a brain behind the groove, some heart animating the earworms.
Oh, hey, look at that - music can be pretty, fun, smart, and challenging - just like women themselves. We here at We Are: The Guard applaud Vos’ activism, especially when you can make it sound this good and look this effortless.
J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.