PREMIERE: Anna Shoemaker Puts the Past Behind Her in “Want Something (Say Something)” Video

The pop-R&B singer-songwriter brings the East Side single to life with a Chloe Corner–directed video.

“I put everything on the table / And all I get is, ‘You’re unstable,’” is one of the clever somethings said by Anna Shoemaker on “Want Something (Say Something),” a track from her recently released debut EP East Side. The entire record—produced by the Grammy-nominated JT Daly and released by Steve Madden’s 5Towns Records—features such passionately inflected lyrical vulnerability, soundtracked by a glowing beat.

Today we’re debuting Shoemaker’s new video for the track, which features the artist belting the lyrics through empty New York subways, side streets, and stairwells illuminated by pulsing neons. “I shot the video with my friend Chloe Corner,” Shoemaker explains. “We wanted the video to be of me making my way to someone’s apartment to represent the song as sort of a pre-thought to whatever conversation is going to take place between me and the person I’m going to.” 

Regarding the song’s lyrics, Shoemaker continues: “I think being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t know what they want or doesn’t know how to communicate what they want is really painful. Writing this song was my way of saying what I wanted to say without actually speaking to the person who hurt me. It was more for myself than anyone.”

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