DC-based musician Young Sumer hasn't appeared on these pages since her 2014 track Severing Ties, but this new track more than merits your time. Since we last heard from her, Young Summer (real name Bobbie Allen) has unveiled a number of tracks and matured her sound.
Arriving ahead of her new EP, due this summer, Young Summer's new single Alright is a wistful yet hopeful track about that most bittersweet of things, unrequited love. It's the kind of synth-laden pop song that suits up in sonic armour, protecting the exposed sensitivity beneath. As Allen herself explains:
"'Alright" is about unrequited love, loving someone but being unable to confess it," she explains. "It’s the trepidation we all have when we don’t want to get hurt but we can’t help but feel the way we do for someone. One of my favorite moments in the song is the line, 'Am I allowed to love you?' because so often I've felt that way. In that line there is the long awaited relief of a confession.
"'Alright' is a song that articulates fear and insecurity but maintains a protective armor sonically with its confident, glossy production. I love to juxtapose the meaning of a song with its sonic identity. An extremely personal song about fear and insecurity with upbeat, sparkling production is like sneaking vegetables into the listeners’ dessert and also a way for me to distract while I confess."