"Out of My Hands," the latest release from the Swedish songwriter, confronts a toxic relationship with lovelorn pop.
In an exclusive Popdust premiere, SHY Martin shares her newest release "Out of My Hands."
The Swedish artist's latest is a moody breakup letter, combining dreamy production with melancholy lyricism. SHY cut her teeth as a songwriter for artists like the Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha, and Kygo before releasing her own EP, Overthinking, last December, a project drawing on the atmospheric pop acts she wrote for melded with her own pining flair. "Out of My Hands" continues the trend in darker territory, as SHY narrates leaving a toxic relationship, even as its hooks sink deeper into her.
The track opens with SHY Martin's vocals, tinged with an exhausted heartache, leading into a minimalist synth melody. "Out of My Hands" only builds from there, the melody expanding its scope along with an echoing guitar and a percolating beat. SHY's delicate voice gives a focus to the hazy production, providing clarity in the song's somber pop—and giving the lyrics a perfect context to unfold in. "Hating you is hard / Harder than I'll ever let you know," SHY admits, embodying the song's central contradiction of leaving an addictive love behind. She reflects on how good this relationship was, what it gave her before it consumed her world and chipped away at her identity. The act of leaving in "Out of My Hands" is SHY saving herself, but she's still haunted both by her feelings and the fear of starting over. By the end, she's determined, but the sound crystallizes her uncertainty, suffusing the track with a powerful apprehension.
With an ear for atmosphere and a clear sense of artistic direction, "Out of My Hands" is a stirring new offering from SHY Martin and an exciting indication of what's to come.
Out of My Hands
Matthew Apadula is a writer and music critic from New York. His work has previously appeared on GIGsoup Music and in Drunk in a Midnight Choir. Find him on Twitter @imdoingmybest.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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