|The single “Philly Forget Me Not”, which Stolar co-wrote for Hall & Oates (featuring Train) was released earlier in the month and is currently positioned at #12 on the AC Radio Chart with over 708,000 streams on Spotify. It was monumental in that it was the first song by Hall & Oates in over 15 years and landed them in the Top 100 upon release.
Stolar’s own EP Raw Emotions: West Village, NY (released April 27) is a collation of some of the songs released from the Raw Emotions campaign, which was created as a focus to redirect Stolar’s struggles with bipolar disorder and depression into a creative channel and shed light on the stigma of mental illness. Stolar timed the release in advance of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month.
The Raw Emotions Project began in October 2017, with a goal of releasing two songs every month, along with artwork and essays, based upon a particular emotion such as desire, nostalgia, uncomfortable, sadness and more.
Says Stolar: “Last year was a year of growing up. I changed musical directions dramatically, experienced the loss of a great love in my life, became obsessed with writing songs everyday, got rid of almost every single item I owned, stopped drinking so much, tried things that scared the shit out of me and started to build a new foundation for myself. I needed this shift emotionally, psychologically and creatively, but at the time I didn’t know it, I was just following my instincts in order to keep moving forward.”
Creative, spontaneous, passionate, raw…these are just some of the words that describe the talents of the enigmatic artist known as Stolar. The songs are all eminently relatable, with his gorgeous voice belying the seriousness of the topics, and causing one to want to shake their hips and dance.
The songs are familiar: the aching heartbreak causing one to want to erase the memories of a former lover in “Erase You,” to the sensual and beguiling honesty of “Forget and Feel” which represents the singer’s desire to mask feelings and emotions with anything possible, to the pure raw desire of “Kurt Cobain’s T-shirt” to the nostalgic element of falling for someone new who reminds you of someone from the past in “Suburbia.”