We’ve all been neglected and betrayed by friends and family. It’s part of life. But what hurts the most is the loss of an emotional connection. All those memories tossed into a bin. I’ve encountered it numerous times, and it’s led to a mind full of self-deprecation and doubt. I very rarely open up to new people, and when I do, I’m scared of the outcome. Under by Bethany Ferrie tackles such subjects.
“The people who are supposed to be there for you, it’s always the hardest heartbreak when they’re the ones to let you down. Friendships, relationships, family relationships; they’re the things that can really make you or break you completely. I’ve never been the person that someone never wants to lose, and that sort of thing can eat away at you if you think about it too much. You end up questioning yourself. It’s a headspace that you slip into but have to claw your way back out of”.
Under opens with heartfelt lyrics and tender guitar riffs. It’s emotionally deep, and mentally taxing, as Bethany opens up about her experiences and questions her self-worth. “I broke down and could finally breathe. I held ground but still end up in pieces”. If you could hug a track, you’d squeeze this song tightly and not let go.
The best singer-songwriters reveal the insecurities and vulnerabilities of everyday folk. Artists like Bob Dylan, Kath Bloom, and to some degree, Taylor Swift, but when a musician can grind you down and leave you feeling a sense of sadness and grief, you have to stand up and applause the craftsmanship. Bethany, I’m shouting from the rooftops. You have not only hit the core of a serious subject, but have ripped the heart from my body, cleaned it up a little, and gave it back. Thank you.
Under is out tomorrow, but you can pre-save it here. For now, enjoy the stripped-back version of the song. Kiss.