Honesty is the centerpiece of indie singer/songwriter Chloe Moriondo’s music. She’s honest in her yearning, in her pain, in her nostalgia. The seventeen-year-old’s ballads resemble Beach Bunny’s or Snail Mail’s—they’re fragile and poignant, but, more than anything, powerful. Her hit “Silly Girl” contains her careful ruminations shared through silky harmonies against a ukulele. There’s no surprise as to why it’s resonated with millions of people; it feels like an effortless encapsulation of the experience of being a young girl.
“I’ve always been fascinated with storytelling and being able to create emotion in others from something you can make,” Moriondo said in a press release. “When you listen to my music, I want you to be able to release any emotion you have and feel like you can be whoever you want to be.”
We hit up Chloe for our “Neighborhoods” series where she channeled this emotion into her recent single—and the first song she ever wrote on guitar—“Manta Rays,” which she performed from her backyard in Eastern Michigan. Watch it below.