By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
In these times of social-distancing and self-isolation, one thing most of us miss more than anything is a good old-fashioned hang. Just being at a spot for no particular reason other than to chill and see what pops off. That’s the concept behind Ophelia, the new five-song EP by Pittsburgh’s own Sierra Sellers. Sellers drew on a time in her life, summer 2014, when she would daily head down to Ophelia Street in Oakland to see what she could get into. The record kicks off with the title cut, a soulful slow-groove. “Remember them nights down on Ophelia,” Sellers sings. “Them fights down on Ophelia. …Lost my shit down on Ophelia.” The song shows off Sellers’ vocal range, dipping down low and silky before bouncing up into a higher playful tone, then heading right back down again. The record goes, just as those nights down on Ophelia did. “Grown,” for example, describes her life at the time; 19-years-old, technically an adult, technically “grown,” but still growing through visceral life experiences and situations that she chose to open herself to. Sellers, an NPR “2020 Slingshot Artist to Watch,” has created a piece of auditory art that, if you let it, will take you back to a night down on Ophelia where anything can happen.