Grace Enger Delivers a Heartfelt Debut With "The Neighborhood"
Singer-songwriter Grace Enger holds no emotional punches with her debut single, "The Neighborhood." The bittersweet track reflects on the passage of time after a breakup, vulnerably detailing how hard it is to move on when everywhere seems to serve as a reminder of your relationship.
Produced by the iconic Alexander 23 and Petro AP, "The Neighborhood" opens with warm guitar riffs and poignant vocals from Enger. The rising singer-songwriter admits that she thought she would have recovered from the heartache by now and that hearing her ex's name still brings her to tears. She questions, "So, what did you do with the memories? / Tell me, was it that easy for you to forget me?/ Like something you left in the lost and found." She further reveals in the second verse that she still passes by her ex's place and can't help that it's a bad habit she's trying to break, like biting her nails or drinking caffeine.
The chorus is incredibly moving and relatable for anyone who's gone through heartbreak and had to "find a new favorite corner storе / 'Cause the one by mine still feels like yours." Plucking guitar strings and dynamic vocal layering paints a picture of someone trying to navigate towards finding a new normal where the memory of lost love doesn't haunt your favorite restaurants and the street signs don't double as broken promises. Enger shares that maybe the only way to remedy how she feels is to "move and give all your things away / But I'll keep loving you more than I should / And you'll keep the neighborhood."
"The Neighborhood" is a brilliant example of Enger's ability to enrapture listeners with her "heart on her sleeve" confessional lyricism and raw instrumentation. Considering this is only her debut single, I'm personally incredibly excited to see what else this budding artist has in store for listeners in the coming months.
Listen to "The Neighborhood" today: