The unreleased EP will be the first multi-track project of Ella Langley’s career, though without knowing that, it’s easy to assume she’s a seasoned pro. Named by Spotify as one of 2023’s “Hot Country Artists to Watch,” the Alabama-born singer-songwriter is quickly amassing streams upwards of several million as the release of her debut EP gets closer.
She’s still in the early stages of her career, but Ella has proven there’s incredible versatility to her country-rock sound. In fact, I think “Excuse The Mess” will be a perfect example of the range she has as an artist. The 8-track EP is set to feature the toxic love-hate banger ft. Koe Wetzel, “That’s Why We Fight,” immediately followed by “Country Boy’s Dream Girl,” so there’s clearly going to be plenty of variety here.
The latest song Ella shared a sneak peek of is titled “Could’ve Been Her,” and damn, it’s a deep one. It’s heavy on the acoustic and on the message behind it, showing a different side of Ella than the previous song she teased; the punchy, high-energy track, “Make Me Wanna Smoke.” “Could’ve Been Her” is a retrospective “what if” of a past relationship. “You’re thinking about the version of yourself you could’ve been if you didn’t stick up and say what you wanted to say,” Ella said of the song.
The “That’s Why We Fight” artist shared the song in a short clip on Instagram, where she belted the lyrics, “If I’d have shut my mouth / Faked that smile / Probably could’ve made it work for a while / Cried in the dark / Instead of screaming / There wouldn’t be red wine stains on the ceiling / If I’d have buried my feelings / Pushed down the hurt and let you cheat / I could’ve been her / But that wouldn’t be me.”
“This song is about standing up for yourself,” Ella shared. “Not only is it one of my favorite songs on the EP, it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever been a part of writing. My goal as an artist has always been singing something worth saying and this song says a lot.”
Ella Langley is about to be one of country’s most-listened-to rising artists, and you can quote me on that one. Check out the full track-list below for her debut EP “Excuse The Mess,” available for streaming Friday, 5/19.
Excuse The Mess
1. “Make Me Wanna Smoke”
2. “Excuse the Mess”
3. “Could’ve Been Her”
4. “That’s Why We Fight” (ft. Koe Wetzel)
5. “Country Boy’s Dream Girl”
6. “Hell Of A Man”
7. “Where You Left It” (Acoustic)
8. “Don’t We All” (Acoustic)