The following is an excerpt from Hollywood Life. Read the full article here.
To move on to the next chapter of her life, Stephanie Poetri needs to ‘process’ some lingering emotions from her past. She shares EXCLUSIVELY with HL the meaning behind her new song, ‘How We Used To.’
With an opening bassline that vibrates like a plucked heartstring, “How We Used To” sees Stephanie Poetri deal with some unprocessed feelings over a break. “How could I ever fall in love again? / How could I ever find another friend, like you?” the Indonesian-American singer/songwriter delivers on the chorus of this twilight-hued pop song. The subtle, laid-back production intertwines with Stephanie’s voice, one rich with emotion as she ponders whether to reconcile with the other or accept that what they had is over. At face value, “How We Used To” is a new anthem with those struggling with their own breakup, but the song’s subtext reveals not just a greater struggle but the depth of Stephanie’s musical prowess.
“I use my songwriting to navigate moments in my life that I may not have processed in the moment even if I didn’t realize I hadn’t fully processed it!” Stephanie shares with HollywoodLife. “Taking the big leap to move away from my family, loved ones, home in Jakarta was a huge step for me and my career and one I wasn’t able to fully understand until I sat down and wrote a song about it. ‘How We Used To’ is all about nostalgia, a love letter to Jakarta and the people I moved away from and my old life that felt very far away at the time.”