Label: Hardly Art
tofusmell is the project from the bedroom of 22 year-old musician Rae Chen (he/they). Inspired by 90s indie-folk music and Rae's own 2012 emo phase, the artsy acoustic sounds of tofusmell originals speak to Rae's life as a trans, queer POC. Rae uses poetry influences in his emotive lyricism to comment on themes like gender, religion, and love. Each stirring track is written, recorded, and produced in Rae's Orlando bedroom solely by him (with a MacBook and a single microphone).
Rae says “‘Shower Song’ is about how it's impossible for me to have a shower that doesn't, in some way, feel like some sort of ritualistic examination of my body. Not necessarily critical, but there is always an undeniable attention to my body in relation to my gender. The song is pretty straight forward in describing a scene of me in the shower, looking down at myself and imagining the water rolling down along a silhouette that better reflects how I wish to be seen.“
About the Hardly Art Singles Series:
2022 marks 15 years of Hardly Art and 15 years of sharing music we love from artists we love. From The Duchess and the Duke to Hunx and His Punx to Protomartyr to La Luz to My Idea, we’ve been lucky to be the label home for some of our favorite artists from the past 15 years. In the spirit of continuing the legacy, we’re unbelievably stoked to launch Hardly Art 15. Over the course of the year we’ll share 15 new singles from 15 of our favorite artists that we think should be your favorite artists too.