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Premiere | Brett Cameron Hangs Onto Dying, Flaking 'Roses in the Backseat'

The electro-pop newcomer weeps over a broken relationship with a sweeping power ballad.

Cameron poeticizes on a tragic breakup.

We've all been victims of the past. Remnants stick to our spirits and shake us to the core, and no matter what side we land on, there's no shame in wanting to fix it somehow. Out of the shiny New York cityscape, electro-pop purveyor Brett Cameron attempts to glue together the fragments of a relationship that has since shattered all over the kitchen floor, pieces scattered and crumbling across hardwood, a juxtaposition of fragility and strength.

"Roses in the Backseat," which first twinkles with piano chords before percussion ignites from the inside out, sees Cameron grasping for straws. "It's more than a trick to make it right / I understand why that's not tonight / Maybe it's best to keep my heart inside," he sings, his vocal intensifying with the ascension of drums into the ether and then falling away like rose petals.

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Premiering on Popdust today, "Roses in the Backseat" is the last faded Polaroid flicked out the window at dusk. It's the final shock of sexual tension that lingers on the lips. It's the quaking heartbeats caught between blissful fantasy and confronting the truth. And somewhere wandering between here and there, Cameron, eyes wide closed, tricks himself into thinking the past is the present. He explains, "'Roses in the Backseat' comes from the perspective of wanting nothing more than to mend a relationship that is broken but being the person who put it in that position in the first place. I was playing around on my grandparent's Steinway ⎯⎯ it needs to be tuned, but is still the most gorgeous sounding piano I've ever played on ⎯⎯ and the chorus just unfolded immediately."

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"The first tangible word that came out of the jumble on my voice memo was 'roses,' and the melody felt defiant yet regretful," he continues. "This confluence of lyric and emotion guided the song thematically into what is now an ode to hope and heartbreak." The almost ethereal quality of the production, even as the drums and rhythms rise and bubble over the listener, reaches a state of sheer euphoria by the end. The guitars dice through the noise, and while Cameron's heart might be forever damaged, he has at least come closer to accepting his god's honest truth.

Formerly of Kalimur, Cameron, now 23, steps out on his own with an impressive body of work. "Roses in the Backseat," a towering pop hook worthy of The Chainsmokers and Halsey, follows on the heels of his solo debut record, Mazes, earlier this summer and another one-off single called "Feel Alive." In all, he has become a master of blurring the lines between genres and adhering to a formula that sets him apart and feels truly commercially digestible.

Listen below:


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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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Fall deeper and harder with these essential tunes.

Ready to Pop succumbs to Cupid's twisted arrow this week. Sometimes, that newfound love can spark a deep well of euphoria, and other times, it quickly sours like year-old milk but you're so hooked, you can't escape from between the sheets. Still, at other moments, you make up and move on to uncover a new layer of adoration. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


Stela Cole - "Throwing Up Butterflies"

Kacie Tomita

Following the absolutely insatiable single "You FO," Stela Cole delights with a bit of tummy-tingling with "Throwing Up Butterflies," the titular cut to her forthcoming debut EP (out this Friday). "I can't stop throwing up these butterflies," she asserts, the hook framing exactly how far in love she's fallen. It's a blast of neon, and Cole (once again) will rip your heart wide open.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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E^ST - "I Don't Lack Imagination"

E^ST

Nah, bro, E^ST isn't be dramatic over a silly summer fling. "I'm better at wanting you than having you," she sings. And we've all been there: we've built up this fantasy of the smoldering, perfectly-chiseled life guard, to find out they're a complete jerk. It happens. "You should have stayed a fantasy," she tells herself, clouds of production popping over her head. Gurl, same.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Brett Cameron - "Mazes"

Alessandro Chille

Relationships are complicated. We know that much. Electro-pop singer-songwriter Brett Cameron paints a series of "Mazes" in his trek to find himself and a love that is so befuddling that it rises like a corridor around his heart. "My intuition is the guide," he concludes in the finale stanza, crafting what could be both his and his lover's resurgence. The synths snap at his feet, and we may never know exactly how it ends (you'll just have to spin his EP of the same name to find out).

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Sam Setton - "Wine"

Sam Setton, 'Wine' single cover art

"Where'd we go the wrong way?" R&B smooth-talker Sam Setton probes with his new single "Wine," a boozy mid-tempo about wine's sweet "healing" power. Well, it's only fleeting, but perhaps they can rekindle that love they once had and left strewn in the streets of "Santiago" that one summer. "There's nothing this bottle of wine can't do," he later sings, his lips curling as he tries to woo back an ex. Dear listener, you're likely to submit to that buzz, too, just a warning.

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Kyan Palmer - "Make It Up"

Jennica Abrams

Instead of ending it and moving on, Kyan Palmer and his lover fall deeper into the passionate, clothes-tearing romance that has thus far defined their relationship. "Is it wrong that the fighting turns me on?" Palmer asks as the production burns until only embers remain. His voice carries with it the weight of their history together, but in a way that's provocative and irresistible.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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