Negativity is a vicious cycle that’s often hard to break. Singer-songwriter Hailey Knox’s newest single, “Bitch, Bitch, Bitch” is an important reminder that pessimism is not only unproductive, but also has the power to harm others. The song, premiered today (October 4), remains cheeky and catchy as it holds up a mirror to this kind of toxic behavior.
Knox’s sonic creativity truly shines in this single, and it’s apparent from the very first guitar strum. Layers of the singer’s voice coat the guiding acoustic melody with an ethereal wobble. This is Knox’s signature talent — the ability to create a symphony of sounds with just her voice, a guitar and a looping pedal. Her smoky alto relays a valuable message that many think but would never have the confidence to say out loud: “get a clue about the world/it don’t revolve around you, girl/all you ever do is bitch.” The tone turns playful as she then distorts her own voice to deliver what sounds like a funky record scratch.
This newest release follows “Don’t Got One,” a contemplative ballad released earlier this year about the perils of social media. (Knox artfully transformed her voice into a trumpet on the single). “Bitch, Bitch, Bitch” is a taste of Knox’s upcoming mixtape, Hardwired Mixtape, which will be released on November 16 via S-Curve Records.
“'Bitch, Bitch, Bitch' was written as a reminder to focus on positivity,” Knox said in a press release. “I try my best not to complain about my life to others because everyone is going through their own stuff. If you focus on the negative, you tend to stay in a negative mindset. Appreciate that you are alive and breathing!”