[Listen] Martin Garrix Gives Us A Tragedy We Can Dance To
We’ll return to this later, but the album art for Martin Garrix “Scared To Be Lonely” sets the tone of what’s to come.
The single fades in to a melody derived from Irish or Scottish Folk music. Immediately, we sense the song is going to take us on an emotional journey. This is conveyed with the subdued tone of the electronic fiddle-like instrument Garrix’ has created. Then Dua Lipa starts singing.
Lipa’s voice is full of pain as she sings the opening line “it was great at the very start”. With these words we already know the story she is about to sing will not be a happy one. The verse continues, revealing her relationship is falling apart, sung over quiet and restrained music laid in by Garrix.
In the chorus, Garrix builds the music and we can anticipate he’s going to drop a beat that’ll get us moving. It is at this point that Lipa sings how they should separate but that he’s “holding [her] tonight cause [they’re] scared to be lonely.”
There is an inherent tragedy to this, but it’s one we can all relate to. While we may not have stayed in doomed relationships from that emotion, we have felt it in some way. Right as Lipa sings that, Garrix brings back the Folksy melody. He adds a strong drum kick that matches the tragedy of Lipa’s story and we can’t help but dance.
The brevity of the story Dua Lipa, an English singer-songwriter, sings to us shows her strong singer-songwriter abilites. She has been active since 2015 and we can expect her debut, self-titled album in early June. If this track is a hint at the songs we’ll see on that album then we know it’ll be great.
And now we return to the album art. That image prepares us for the complex emotions of Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa’s new single. Garrix and Lipa stand separated in a pastoral scene that spans for miles to the horizon, but they are connected by an unwavering eye contact. They say a picture says a thousand words, well this one conveys the message of the song we’re about to listen to.
Maybe, by dancing together to Martin Garrix‘ “Scared To Be Lonely”, we won’t feel so lonely, ourselves.
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