L.A. based dream pop artist Grace Kay wistfully explores the vulnerability that comes with the heartbreak of losing a friend in her poignant ballad “overgrown,” released on May 4.
Immediately listeners are drawn in by the resounding synth pop beat, which, accompanied by the pleasant harmonies and soothing repetitive “oh”s, bears resemblance to the creative minds of Maggie Rogers, The Japanese House, and MUNA.
The track was produced by Kay’s local creative partner Jynjo, aka Austin Foley, and released by L.A. label Trailing Twelve Records.
Kay’s vocals are incredibly soothing, and encapsulate the feelings that accompany a dwindling relationship: “But if you need me, if you need me, I’ll offer you my life for tomorrow / But I think I overwatered your soil”.
“Falling out of a friendship can be more heartbreaking than ending a romantic relationship. But, unlike exes who I never want to think of again, I will always feel a deep sense of love for old friends. ‘overgrown’ is about that bittersweetness that will always haunt my heart,” Kay said.
Although this single delves into these hard emotions, Kay still emits strength in its bridge, pointing out, “Sometimes it feels like we’re growing apart, but I think we’re just growing up with different hearts” – She emits the notion that no matter what, sometimes we need to take care of ourselves when we realize differences between us and those we once felt close to, “outgrowing” each other.
She explains, “Just as gardens can become overgrown, we can outgrow childhood friends and behaviors. If you don’t have room to fit all the flowers in your garden, you have to start trimming and grooming. Truthfully, this has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to learn for myself. I want to extend every inch of myself to so many people but we have limits, and we’re allowed to change and set boundaries.”
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
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