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The excruciating pain of a broken heart is arguably the most universal suffering human beings share. Presented in all sorts of agonizing, confusing packages, the unraveling of a relationship with someone you once shared everything with not only brings forth some of the darkest hues of life, but with it, the undertones of evolutionary introspection. During these painful growing seasons, music takes on an unprecedented role of importance, allowing us to process through a creative lens and feel just a bit less alone in the process.
20-year-old singer-songwriter, Gracie Abrams chronicles the peaks and valleys of love lost in her highly anticipated debut minor. A seven-track EP featuring acclaimed singles "21," "I miss you, I'm sorry" and "Long Sleeves" and new tracks "Friend," "tehe" and title-track "minor," the body of work is a brilliant representation of Abrams' ability to translate a quandary of thoughts and feelings into a cohesive body of work; one that not only helps you feel, but heal.
Each track on the EP offers a distinct sentiment processing the mourning of a bond broken, allowing the listener to feel with Abrams. From deep sadness to fiery anger and eventually acceptance, Abrams encourages her listeners to acknowledge every ugly feeling that bubbles up, revel in it, and accept that it's okay to feel this way.
The kind of music for late nights alone in your bedroom or teary-eyed commutes home, the emotional effect of the project is powerful, further deepened by Abram's unique tone and gentle while impassioned vocals. Lines such as "Cause I can't love you / Even if I want to / Got a lot to work through" a la "Long Sleeves" and "We played grownup / Drowned in bathtubs / But you never opened up / And I never said enough…" from "tehe" offer thoughts so intrinsic to young love, it feels stolen from my own journal.
Written in conjunction with established producers and writers such as producer/songwriters like Joel Little, Benny Blanco, Jim-E Stack, Sarah Aarons and Caroline Pennell, Abrams' freshman oeuvre is an inspiring indication of her beautiful career to come.
Listen to minor below!