Eloah Jones’ music conjures a hypnotic singer-songwriter vibe, instantly relatable confessions that call to mind the plummy depth of influences like Lana Del Rey and Banks. These sounds inspire so many descriptions. edgy pop. Alternative. Jazz. But beneath those labels are the emotions that give them life: vulnerability, a yearning for connection, a longing for home, a need for love. Jones spins gorgeous tales of love and life, set to music that feels vibrant and compelling. Her new EP, “Drunk Words, Sober Thoughts” is filled to the brim with heart and emotion.
Vents Magazine sat down with Jones to talk about the new record, and we took a deep dive into the song, “Phases,” including its inspiration, and the writing and recording process. We also chatted with her about her current hometown of Nashville, how it has impacted her music, and what’s next for this up-and-coming artist.
Hi Eloah, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
You have an amazing new EP that just came out in April. What can you tell us about it? How did you come to gather this collection of songs together?
This EP has been a long time in the making. I’m excited to finally release it. All of my songs are really just about things I’ve gone through in my life. I was going through a lot at the time, so of course I got to writing, and then came “Drunk Words, Sober Thoughts.”
One of the songs from your new EP, “Phases,” is really special and caught my attention right away. It’s a great listen. Can you talk to us more about this song? How did you come to write it? What was the inspiration behind it?
Thank you. “Phases” is actually my favorite, too. It’s probably my favorite song I’ve ever written. “Phases” is about being in a relationship with somebody but knowing it’s not going to work out in the long run. You know that It COULD work out if this person changed. You know this person is shying away from everything they could be. This relationship COULD be amazing, but you can’t make someone change. They have to want to do it themselves. You can’t fall in love with potential. You can’t fall in love with a made up person, or scenario. You can’t wait for someone to be everything you want when they’re just not. Hanging on for so long starts to hurt; Sometimes it’s easier to let go.
How was the recording process for that song? Any great stories from the studio? How did the song come together?
The song was produced by my good friend, Aaron Bonus, and I brought in two co-writers, Emerson Chambers and Jillian Lavin, who are both amazing. We wrote the song in just a couple hours. I told them all about what I wanted to portray in this song, and it was kind of like a mini therapy session, to be honest.
Do you have a favorite lyric line or two in this song? What about those words really works for you or speaks to you?
I think my favorite lyrics are the first two lines of the song: “Who’s in motion? Is it me that spins in space? I see you in the ocean, always drifting out.” You don’t understand how you could give all this love to someone, but yet they’re drifting further away. And, “frozen, is it me who brought the cold? I guess I’ll never know when you’ll come back around.” I think when you’re in a relationship like this, and you’re doing everything to make it work, you start to maybe think you’re the one who’s doing something wrong, and that you’re the reason it’s not working. This type of relationship is the type that is only good for, like, one day a week. And you’re unsure of when this person is going to be good to you again. You’re just stuck waiting.
What do you hope listeners get from hearing the song?
I hope listeners get that you can’t change someone. And the way someone treats you has nothing to do with you most of the time. If someone shows you that they don’t care, listen. You can give all the love in the world to someone, but if they’re not ready, they won’t reciprocate. You’re just wasting your time. And life is short and precious. There’s someone out there who will give you everything you give them 100x better. Take it from me.
Your music sounds really fresh. How did you settle upon the “Eloah Jones” sound? And how would you describe your sound, using one sentence?
I think my music is truth, love, and a breath of fresh air.
You are based in Nashville. How do you think living there and any other places you have lived has impacted your sound and your music overall? How has it shaped your music?
Living in Nashville has definitely changed me as an artist. Living here brought me in contact with so many people (producers, writers, etc.), and I’m very grateful for that. But for my “sound” in general, I think that just has to do with me growing into the woman I am, and all the experiences I’ve gone through in life have brought me here.
What else is happening next for you?
I just want to continue to write and share my heart through my songs.