The first single from Katie Crutchfield's new album is a love song to herself.
Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield has long been noted for her immense, guitar-heavy indie rock, with choruses begging to be yelled and an anger underscored by her sharp lyricism.
With "Fire," the first single from Waxahatchee's upcoming album, Saint Cloud, Crutchfield retains her poignancy but dials down her instrumentals to a minimalistic, unassuming setup that forefronts her raw voice. While much of Crutchfield's previous work has centered around romantic relationships, "Fire" is an ode by herself, for herself: "It's about the internal dialogue of shame surrounding mistakes you've made in the past and how we spiral and beat ourselves up when we slip," Crutchfield explained in a statement. "It's meant to be a bit of a personal pep talk. If I can love myself unconditionally, then I can move through the world a little easier."
Following her recent decision to get sober, Crutchfield conceived the idea for "Fire" while driving over the Mississippi River. The song evokes the blissful solitude of spending a lengthy car ride by yourself, the kind that creates a welcome space for self-reflection. "If I could love you unconditionally / I could iron out the edges of the darkest sky," Crutchfield sings, as if speaking to herself in the rear-view mirror. "For some of us, it ain't enough." As she comes to recognize her growth over the years despite her blunders—"Tomorrow could feel like a hundred years later / I'm wiser and slow and attuned"—the song assumes the role of a self-love anthem in the truest form. We could all be a little easier on ourselves, "Fire" reminds us, even when the rest of the universe wants us to think otherwise.
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At just 24 years old, Zendaya has become the youngest Emmy winner for best lead actress–further proving that Gen Z is better at getting sh*t done.
Beating her fellow nominees Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show) and Laura Linney (Ozark), Zendaya was honored for her performance in HBO's glitter-and-hormone-soaked Euphoria and made history at last night's Emmy Awards. She beat the prior record held by Jodie Comer, who won for her work in Killing Eve just last year–at the ripe old age of 26.
Perhaps these respective icons of Zoomer ennui and homicidal Millennial burnout are symbols that younger generations are finally assuming their own positions of power and using their collective voice to highlight issues that have been historically shamed and marginalized, such as mental illness and queer identity. Or maybe their makeup's just really pretty.
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.