Monday, 11 January 2016

Song of the week #47

Hailee Steinfeld released her first EP 'Haiz' at the end of 2015, and personally I think it's great. 'You're Such A' is killer and it's something I could yell from the rooftops, but this week I'd like to talk primarily about the song 'Hell Nos and Headphones', because it's probably the song on the EP that's most relevant to me right now.

The song has a very relaxed, synthesised sound to it, creating a dream like, out-of-it, kind of sense of feeling. Essentially, the track's lyrics pose a situation in which your friends are hanging out and having a good time, and you feel like you're kind of just there and you don't want to be. The 'hell no' is to doing what everyone else is doing just because everyone else is doing it, and the 'headphones' are an escape from the nonsense that is life. 'No I don't care about what you think, I'm going home' comes across as a surprisingly strong lyric despite the composed but laid-back tone. The whole song fundamentally shows a nonchalance to popular culture's portrayal of friendship and fun, and suggests that if you don't want to go along with the norm, you probably won't be the only person leaving early in search of a 'fun' that actually interests you.

Until next time.

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