Starting off with just an acoustic guitar and her voice and building musically from there, Lisha Sebastian has been hard at work on her musical debut for quite some time now. Even now, at just 19, she’s already got a well-received full-length LP out everywhere, and she hasn’t even finished college! The way the younger generation is taking the music industry by storm is an incredible thing to bear witness to, especially since the last decade was seen by millennial bands all yawning and not wanting to actually have to fight for their applause — new blood and fresh meat are an incredible thing, especially in music, and someone as hungry and talented as Sebastian is exactly what the world needs.
Finally releasing her debut album with its lead single “Best We’ve Ever Been,” Sebastian has had plenty of time to ruminate on the effects this album might have on her budding career. The single seemingly tackles such thoughts head-on, diving into the concept of a resigned defeat before segueing into a rousing chorus that validates and praises teamwork and partnership. It’s a layered track with lyrics that contrast the optimistic production and instrumentation, but the overall dynamic of the track uses enough modern folk-isms to disguise itself as a very upbeat, positive song. “Can’t stand on loose sand, trembling on this shaky land. Alone, I can barely fight, trust me, tried with all my might. Thoughts float away from me, my mind is a battle at sea. I’m by myself, defenseless, the darkness seems to be endless.”
Seeing these lyrics typed out while the song’s upbeat guitar and outstanding drums keep things breezy feels crazy, but in true folk fashion, the lyrics are never what they might seem on the surface — it’s an impressive balance of melancholy and hopeful, and the track ends up in a relatively upbeat zone, I think. “Together we can win, this is the best we’ve ever been. Help me through this war, they’re at their knees on the floor. Finally sinking into the battleground, we have defeated this bloody round. Our armor no longer shining, but there’s always a silver lining.”
Lisha Sebastian has a great debut single on her hands here, and the maturity it takes to come up with something as bold and certain as “Best We’ve Ever Been” is a feat well beyond her years. Starting off with such gusto and at such a young age without the fear of coming across as a novice is incredible, and I know incredible things will come from Sebastian and her freshly-minted voice and style. Making the entire journey that it takes to release a full-length album while still going to school full-time is no joke, and her age will give her a unique perspective and point of view to continue feeding her lyrics; the audience will gravitate towards her, too, as she is able to sing and write about things older artists might neglect. “Best We’ve Ever Been” is a bold debut from a bold artist; Lisha Sebastian knows that rolling stones collect no moss.