The up and comer doesn't shy away from detailing the painful and tragic truth of late nights.
"Don't trust thoughts at 3 a.m. It's your life you spend," singer and songwriter Carolyn Marie alerts the listener. The sizzle and throwback '80s funk of her new single "Wanna Be Cool" misleads you into thinking you are witnessing a feel good anthem about being young and reckless. But when you dig deeper into the narrative, you find a much darker, harrowing story throbbing underneath. "I look right and I see a 35 sign. We are speeding. No where to go so she puts on a show. Air bags inflated. Judgement jaded," Marie whispers, as the images are ghostly mirages of fantasy which could become fact at break-neck speed. The song--which premieres exclusively today--speaks to the heedless decisions we often make in the wee hours of the morning. "[It] is a song I wrote about the need that we have to fit in, and how that need can sometimes cloud our judgment. I was very inspired by the music," Marie shares with Popdust about writing song, containing a heavy horn section and sweeping guitar licks.
"As soon as I got the instrumental I ran up into my room and wrote the entire song in an hour. This is probably the fastest song I wrote on the album. The moody track gave me so much inspiration," she continues. "I closed my eyes and envisioned driving late at night with my friend and getting into a car accident. I meditated on this for a while. All my life I've had many more bad experiences than good staying out past two or three AM. It's an anthem that reflects on all the dumb things we do just because we wanna fit in and be cool. Some that even jeopardize our life like drunk driving, drugs."
"I can hardly breathe. We hit again, thrown back into her seat," Marie later sculpts on the song's second verse. "She hears a click from the passenger's side. My eyes welling...Opens the door, shots of glass on the floor."
Originally from New Jersey, Marie released her debut EP Backstage Pass in 2015. Her otherworldly charm and wisdom is not only evident in her music, but in the way she conducts her life. When she was younger, she graduated from high school early and sought out life in the bright lights of New York City. "I'm not going to lie; high school wasn't really my thing. Neither was college, but I'm getting ahead of myself as usual. I do a lot of that. Anyway, I graduated early because I just could not wait to get out of high school," she says. "I didn't even walk at graduation. It wasn't the academics, because I'm actually kind of smart. I was a bit of a nerdy honor roll student who actually paid attention in class. I wasn't hung over like some... because I never got invited to those parties."
"Wanna Be Cool" samples Marie's forthcoming, yet-untitled, new project.
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