GRAE leaves her past behind on her debut album ‘Whiplash’ – // MELODIC Magazine
Recommended tracks: “Spinning”, “Soft”, “How Very Dare You”
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As for rising names in alt-pop, GRAE is definitely up there. After debuting in 2019 with her new girl EP, GRAE continued to go from being a new girl to being a household name in the entertainment business. His music has been featured on TV shows like Nancy Drew and The fat guy, has appeared on top playlists and music charts, and has acquired over 15 million streams to date. Additionally, GRAE has a strong following on social media, with fans around the world finding solace in their EPs and singles. GRAE has come into its own at this point and is ready to fully welcome fans into its world through its debut album, Whiplash.
GRAE has always been one to express his life through his music, and on Whiplash, she thinks a lot. Throughout the album, we hear GRAE coming to terms with herself, acknowledging who she is today and the life lessons she’s learned along the way. The opening track, “Boxes”, finds GRAE moving on from the life she once had, telling herself she’s “not that kid anymore” as she puts away old t-shirts and posters. Although she’s “still holding on a little too tight,” she knows it’s best to let go and move on, with the catchy indie rock production guiding her. The atmosphere becomes a little more intimate on the acoustic guitar based on “Like youwhere GRAE learns more about herself through the way she acts in a relationship. Dejectedly, she sings: “How can I love you if I don’t even love myself? realizing that she won’t be truly satisfied until she makes peace with herself.
In addition to the reflection she does on herself, there is the reflection GRAE does on romance and new relationships. On titles like “Spinningand “Outta This World,” she taps into that surreal feeling that occurs when you enter a relationship with someone you absolutely adore. Additionally, GRAE notes the comfort and protection she feels when that other person is there, as we hear on ‘Grenade.’ On the soft rock track, she sings, ‘We stay up late, never leave this bed / You protect me, cover my head,’ knowing that if all goes wrong in the outside world, at least they’ll make it good together.Even though she envies what she has, GRAE reveals that it took a lot of hard work to get this far.In “Don’t Know How to Girlfriend”, she explains that it’s hard for her to come to terms with her role in the relationship because she’s been alone “too long. Yet she’ll give in to being vulnerable, like she does on the sweet and simple”Soft, tender”, where she put forward, “I know you make me so sweet / So what, baby?
Of course, with love comes heartbreak, and GRAE gives us some leads that explore the question. On the sweet and delicate “Forget You”, she tries to remember all the bad parts of a past relationship instead of the good ones. Trying to move on, she sings, “Why do we remember things / Better than they were? / Know it’s good to forget the bad shit / But I’m the worst. There’s also the playful “How Very Dare You,” where she describes how irritating it is for someone who doesn’t deserve you to try to win you back. She insists this person didn’t care while singing “We haven’t spoken since I cried”, and mentions that this person even lost their address, making any attempt at reconciliation completely pointless.
When we talk about Whiplash, GRAE shared that he was “born in a time of confusion and indecision”. She wasn’t sure how she felt about the different people in her life back then, if they were worth keeping or forgetting. She also didn’t know if her past was as big as she thought or if it was a little less. Based on the material she gives us on Whiplash, we understand how conflicting it is to search for meaning, to try to determine if you are on the right track or if you need to turn away. Just thinking about it gives you a boost, but as edgy as she feels on the album, GRAE’s music and her vision are very clear.
You can listen Whiplash on platforms like SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music.