“I think I wanna be alone is starkly relevant and a sorely needed re-framing of perspective”
WORDS BY PHILIPPA SWIFT
Mazie’s latest single is a celebration of being completely and utterly alone and realising that, sometimes, you are all you need.
The song’s narrative arc is sadly all too familiar to the typical, mid-20s listener. The discomfort of being in love, the unbearable goodbyes, the realisation that maybe being alone is better; all under the gloomy cloud of the harrowing events occurring in the world – the knowledge of which being something that, in the digital age, we cannot avoid (“can’t even open up my phone”).
However, the arguably pessimistic tone of the lyrics is juxtaposed with the song’s upbeat, almost circus-like manner – a tentative assertion that we can still laugh, have fun, and indulge in the chaos surrounding us. Whilst “the world is fucking terrible” – this song bangs. Mazie transforms the anxiety-inducing, gloomy experience of dating – and simply ‘being’ – in 2020 into a jubilant celebration of being there for yourself. As the listener, we are privy to this journey of empowerment; the initial pondering of “I think I wanna be alone” evolves into “I’m always there for me in the end” underpinned by the confident and consistent brassy beats.
I think I wanna be alone is starkly relevant and a sorely needed re-framing of perspective, and mazie is hopefully someone we will be seeing more of this year.
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