Lindsey Stirling never ceases to amaze with each and every new album (from electronic mixed with pop to hip-hop combined with classical) that she releases. She began her career with a strong talent for the violin and, with that strength, she has proven that it is possible for her to become even more incredible with the release of her new album, Artemis. Lindsey has become an even better version of herself in the eyes of all the people who support her. That image holds strong when she encounters changes in her style because, even though she adapts, Stirling still stays true to herself. She never allows her music to lose its whimsical and uplifting nature that is essential to its identity. One of her songs may contain various elements of hip-hop, but deep down it will still hold true to her signature style. Through her journey in the songs of her album, she has brought other artists into the mix (including well known artists like Elle King and Amy Lee) to help incorporate new unique styles into each and every note.
Artemis is an album whose inspiration comes from the Greek goddess of the moon, the hunt, and the leader of the Huntresses who (as the album title indicates) is known as Artemis. Stirling is a strong, independent woman in her profession, which mirrors Artemis. Both women have not allowed assumed stereotypes to engulf and dictate their lives. With this theme for the album, the ideas of confidence in one’s ability and changing worlds seem to stand out, and that is an element I find to be of great importance. The world never stops changing, but that is not an excuse to give up. That message allows listeners, including myself, to feel uplifted with newfound confidence. The lyrics especially echo the theme in the vocal version of Stirling’s “The Upside” when Elle King sings,
“Holding on and I’m upside down
On my way to the upside now
I’m on my way, on my way out
I don’t know if I’m right side up
I’m inside out but I won’t give up
On my way, I’m on my way
To the upside now.”
Each song on Artemis has a distinct melody, beat, and composition that allows it to stand out and be recognizable on its own. For example, “Masquerade” is distinct because it begins with a record player clip that sounds very staticky. There is no possible way for the songs to blur together when each one opens up a new world for the listeners to explore. Each song is like a new novel, and that is an appealing element to me. There are numerous emotional journeys to travel through as soon as I load her album and hit the play button. A few of her songs (“Foreverglow” and “Love Goes On and On”) have lyrics in them that stand out and hold immense emotion inside of them. The instrumental songs still tell a story all on their own due to Lindsey’s talent for expressing many kinds of emotions through her violin. One moment she can tell the story of the triumphant nature of Artemis and then in another moment she can explore the narrative of newfound strength.
I gravitate towards listening to the songs on her Artemis album when I am walking from class to class or when I am preparing to study and spend time on work. Even though Lindsey’s album is about 51 and a half minutes long, that time feels more aligned with only a few minutes. It is exceedingly easy for me to slide my headphones on and get lost in worlds of goddesses, love, confidence, and newfound hope that Lindsey enables me to experience. Her worlds might be similar to ones that other artists create, but her imagined worlds stand out among other since her personality is infused into every song she creates.
Key Songs: “The Upside,” “The Underground,” “Love Goes On and On,” “Masquerade”