Following on from the release of Essy's debut EP, Second Thoughts, in 2020, one of the freshest voices out of the U.S., the Nashville-based artist has returned with her first single of 2021, "Cry For Me".
Albeit the subject matter, "Cry For Me" is a much needed, upbeat, synth-pop anthem that sees Essy touch on the subject of feelings. While her production value is definitely influenced by her electronic background, Essy's four-on-the-floor drum arrangements and side-chained synth assortments are offset by simplistic vocals and storytelling that give her material a more organic, less digitally enhanced vibe.
The song was inspired by the highs and lows of online dating during the Coronavirus pandemic — it's about craving authenticity and raw emotion from someone who's more concerned with their pride and outward image. "Cry For Me" was written to encourage a deeper conversation about toxic masculinity.
This is also the third cut from her sophomore album, due out for release in the first quarter of 2021.