Mahal’s silvery vocals spring from a deep well of admiration for her female songwriting heroes like Brandi Carlile, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles. Many hours spent at the piano in her childhood home playing their songs helped to shape her performative confidence and vulnerable yet universal lyricism.
The title track pushes back at feeling small in relationships, and in the pre-chorus she steps out into the light, realizing “taking it back all the time / wasn’t good for [her] mind / and love ain’t built on hiding / what you’re feeling inside”; a revelation for the young woman’s psyche as she becomes her own protagonist.
She welcomes you to turn it up a little too loud to drown out the lonely noise of adolescence with glowing melodies and a hazy intensity - a perfect package for night drives and dance parties of one. ~ Natalie Peterson