Pop singer-songwriter Susan Darvishi has released her debut album, 14th and 4th. The album features Susan's previous four singles: "New Salvation", "Fingers Crossed", "Polaroid" and "We Could Never Be", along with four unreleased tracks.
"I lived on the corner of 14th Street and 4th Ave. for five years during my time in NYC. Thrown into what was definitely a 'concrete jungle,' I experienced joy, pain, anger, fear, kindness, and a ton of more emotions that helped me grow into the woman I am today. I wrote this album as a way to document my experiences in New York and describe the growing pains that many young adults face when moving to a city for the first time" - Susan Darvishi
14th and 4th was a collaboration of efforts written by Susan, with help from Josef Lamberti, produced by Kory Burrell, mixed by Kory Burrell and Rob Nelsen, and mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering. This project came about during lockdown and was a time that really allowed Susan's creative juices to flow. The title of the album was inspired by the street she lived on in NYC for 5 years while living in NYC, and in turn that time living there has inspired the story of the songs she has written about in her album.
Descriptions provided by Susan Darvishi
"Polaroid" - "I had a blast writing this song. I tend to daydream a lot, and I let my imagination run wild with this one, mixing in fiction with my own NYC experiences. This song is about a girl who falls in love with a stranger after a chance meeting. I wanted to write a song that depicts how easy it is to meet someone in NYC, whether it be at a bar or a coffee shop. NYC can be magical at night, especially when you're exploring the city for the very first time."
"We Could Never Be" - "Analyzing failed relationships can be extremely helpful when trying to move forward. 'We Could Never Be' is the letter that you choose to write in your head instead of sending in hopes of letting go of an old love. I think songs about unrequited love are always fascinating, and I think that it's important to note that you can still choose to regain control of the situation and move forward despite having once been shackled by those strong feelings."
"Him" - "The girl code… some girls break it. 'Him' tells the story of a girl whose best friend chooses a guy over her. The important question to ask in these sorts of situations is why? And was the friendship doomed to begin with? I've seen a lot of young women let relationships ruin their friendships, and I believe instead that women should empower other women and stick up for each other."
"No Choice" - "This song is the prologue to 'We Could Never Be.' I wanted this song to be very simple and honest. It's about a girl who must come to the painful realization that she must distance herself from the guy she developed feelings for because he only sees her as a friend. This song is both the internal and external conversation that occurs when she realizes these feelings will only continue to go unrecognized."
"Dance With You" - "I wrote this song only a few months after meeting my boyfriend. I've never enjoyed rain, but my boyfriend does, and I'd always find him staring out the window when it did rain. Though it's not my cup of tea, I think love can make something that you once thought was intolerable, tolerable. Now, I don't think it's all that bad when it rains. So, this song is truly about falling in love, and enjoying every minute of it."
"Fingers Crossed" - "'Fingers Crossed' was inspired by my decision to leave NYC and move to CA. Even though new beginnings can be exciting, there's always that bittersweet moment when you realize that you must close one chapter in order to start a new one. My time in NY helped me grow a lot as a person, and though it was sad to leave, I wanted to convey through my song how grateful I am for the wonderful experiences and lessons it taught me. This song is a collection of permanent and impermanent goodbyes to the people I met along the way and the city that molded me into who I am today."
"New Salvation" - "A lot of people struggle with what they want to do in life after college. I found myself in this position after I graduated, especially right before I moved out of New York. I wasn't sure what next steps I was supposed to take, and I kept thinking, 'Ah, it'd be nice if someone could give me a sign or point me towards the right direction.' And that's how this song was born! I wanted to find my 'new salvation,' or in other words, my purpose in life."
"Drift Away" - "New York City can be extremely overwhelming at times, and I didn't fully realize it until after I left. Whenever I'd feel overwhelmed, I'd go to Washington Square Park on a weekend and let my mind wander, spacing out in an effort to find my 'happy place.' Looking back, taking this time every so often was really important and super helpful for calming down my nerves. Sometimes, you need to 'drift away' and disconnect with the world, even if it's only for a few minutes."
Susan Darvishi is an Iranian-American singer-songwriter currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Susan has been writing music since the tender age of 10, and over the years, she has always strived to create music with meaningful lyrics that can connect with people. She officially broke onto the music scene in August 2019 with her first single, "Taste Like Summer." She has since released numerous singles and her debut EP, Colored Heart. Her up-tempo pop lassos together everything from carefree electric guitar to Maggie Rogers-esque fanfare to drums-up Nintendo instrumentals. Susan's fan base continues to grow, with her recent single, "Fingers Crossed," topping nearly 70k streams on Spotify.