Singer-songwriter Eloise Alterman takes us on a ride in new EP “Sad Bird (The 4AM Versions)” via ATCO/Big Yellow Dog/Atlantic Records
Produced by 2x GRAMMY® Award-winner Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves, Tenille Townes), Sad Bird (The 4AM Versions) was first heralded with the devastatingly emotive ballad, “I Still Love You (The 4AM Version).”
Eloise says: “Four in the morning is one of the oddest hours,” “I’ve always called it the lonely hour, as it doesn’t feel like morning and it doesn’t feel like night. It’s almost like you’re stuck between two different days. I decided to call these versions of Sad Bird ‘The 4AM Versions’ because they are stripped back, raw, and softer – the way I would sing at the piano by myself at 4am.”
Recently named by PEOPLE as one of the “Talented Emerging Artists You Should Be Listening to All Summer Long,” Eloise Alterman’s deeply moving debut EP Sad Bird,produced by 8x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton), is highlighted by the lushly textured single, “Her.” “Her” was met by praise from such outlets as Glasse Factory, which declared it to be “a well-written, honest track that’s lyrics convey the pain of knowing that the person you love is enamoured with someone else.”
In addition, Alterman recently got a head start on the holiday season with her touching new rendition of the classic “Blue Christmas,” originally performed in 1957 by Elvis Presley.
A self-taught pianist/guitarist who began penning soul-baring songs in her early teens while growing up in Detroit, Alterman moved to Nashville alone at age 17, without knowing a soul in all of Music City. After spending years working on her own to sharpen her craft, Big Yellow Dog Music’s Carla Wallace signed her and brought her to Atlantic. Alterman soon joined with ATCO Records (a recent reactivation of the iconic Atlantic Records imprint first founded in 1955, including previously signed acts like Genesis, the Bee Gees, Cher, Donny Hathaway) and Full Stop Management (Harry Styles, Meghan Trainor, John Mayer) on the strength of the music now showcased on Sad Bird – music that Alterman is now sharing with the world.
Eloise Alterman boldly pushes outside her comfort zone to craft the kind of timelessly poignant pop songs that cut right to the heart. Songs like “the deceptively anthemic “Sad Bird Still Sings” – penned while alone in a hotel room near Utah’s Zion National Park – reveal the emotional intensity Alterman has brought to her music since she first started writing songs on the piano in her family’s basement. Newly based in L.A. after six years in Nashville, Alterman – whose recent TikTok cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” went viral with over 3M views and 115K likes to date – has already noticed a shift in her self-perception after so thoroughly exploring the many stages of heartbreak.
Eloise adds: “Before I made this EP, I saw my sensitivity as a negative thing—I felt like it meant I was weak, but now I feel so strong,” “I still struggle with some of the things I wrote about, but it makes me feel good to know that people might take my songs and apply them to their own lives. I hope it makes them feel better and more understood, and lets them know that they’re not alone in their feelings.”