Many of us have a hard time dealing with the uncertainties of the future and mental illness, especially during these insane times. Los Angeles based artist Tessa Kaye so eloquently details the feeling of pending doom that anxiety can create in her latest single “You Know Who You Are and I Hate You.” Coming of age is difficult enough but coupling that with being different from your peers can definitely cause more confusion and angst. Kaye can relate to that feeling growing up as a black girl in a predominantly white Mormon community in Utah. These hardships fueled her creativity though and a deep love for music and performance ensued.
The singer-songwriter has succeeded in cleverly crafting a song about anxiety that sonically sounds upbeat while also being a bop. Her honeyed-layered vocals glide atop bright synths and candy coated electronic beats. Kaye’s honest vulnerability makes for an empowering anthem which reminds us all that our weaknesses can also be strengths. She confides, “the song is a reminder that it’s perfectly ok to have days when you’re down, we’re all human and we’re allowed to be soft, feel delicate or just not ok! I’ve had a lot of people try to tell me that my anxiety and how much I feel is a weakness. It’s taken a lot of self work for me to realize that there’s a strength in allowing yourself to simply be as weak as you feel in a moment.”
“You Know Who You Are and I Hate You” is only Kaye’s second single, adding to her brand of fusion of R&B, shimmering indie pop and electronic. Take a listen to “You Know Who You Are and I Hate You” now and remember this too shall pass, especially after listening to this song.
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