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  • Karlee Skipper

Review: "breaking up with me" - margø

With her latest single, margø has once again crafted a brilliant track that flawlessly illustrates her personal experience with depression and self-hatred, while simultaneously resonating with her listeners. “breaking up with me” is about “the uphill battles we face with our relationships, with social media, mental health, and our toxic habits—in order to become a healthier, better version of ourselves.” The dark-pop track details the singer’s distaste for her own toxic habits and the overwhelming events that are occurring in her life, and around the world.  The overconsumption of media has fed into these unhealthy habits as a means to cope. Throughout the song, she takes this narrative and chooses to reject them—parting ways with the negativity. margø kicks off the first verse with relatable lines such as “Getting out of bed is such a chore these days// Exhausted but I never fall asleep,” and “My serotonin’s always ghosting me.” These lyrics immediately capture the audience’s attention as margø slowly reveals the clever hook. In the chorus she sings, “I’m breaking up with me/ I’m so over being in my own company// Like ‘it’s not you, it’s me’// Everything I do’s making me wanna scream.” This leads into the second verse where she compares herself to a toxic relationship, admitting that if anyone else behaved this way, she would hate them. Now that she has confessed this toxic behavior, she feels free to let that part of herself go and allow herself to be happy. While the song maintains margø’s iconic dark sound, the lyrics switch from her self-characterized “villain era” to a more positive self-image. This stark difference between the two initial singles from her upcoming album intrigues listeners, making them even more excited to see what the talented artist has in store.

margø is known for her dark-pop soundscapes and even darker themes and aesthetic. This is the type of music that I am obsessed with, placing her on my most frequented playlists alongside my other favorite artists of the style, such as Billie Eilish, Mothica, and Chandler Leighton. “breaking up with me” maintains this iconic style while highlighting her unique talent, making me appreciate her artistry even more. The track begins with an eerie intro that immediately captivates audiences, reeling them into the gloomy atmosphere. After the first measure, the bass beat kicks off before margø’s compelling voice signifies the first verse. The dynamic production keeps the audience mesmerized while the lyrics describe the haunting message.  As the pre-chorus begins, the instrumentation intensifies, making the listener anticipate the heavy drop in the chorus. When margø says the line: “I do anything and everything to hit the self-destruct,” the synth sound provides an effect that musically imitates the sound of a machine breaking down. While it maintains the melodic element of a cohesive production, it also encapsulates this feeling of mentally hitting a self-destruct button, bringing to life the lyrics. At the end of the breakdown, margø sings the lyric: “I’m done with feeling numb” and the production mutes, emphasizing the explosion into the infectious chorus. Throughout the entire song, margø combines the catchy elements of pop and the dark sounds of alternative-rock to create an unforgettable earworm track that the listener will never want to stop playing on repeat. If "breaking up with me" is anything like the rest of her upcoming album, fans are in for a real treat.

margø is a dark-pop singer-songwriter from Edmonton, Canada. She made her debut in 2019 with her single, “In Between”. Since then, the artist has released over a dozen singles and three EPs. “breaking up with me” is the second single from her upcoming debut album, following her captivating lead single, “crawl”. She has over 30 million streams globally with over 7 million streams on Spotify alone for her hit single, “Play Pretend”. Furthermore, she has been featured on several of the streaming platform’s prominent playlists, such as Villain Mode, SALT, young & free, misfits 2.0, Ready to Rock, It’s a Bop, Best of Rock 2022, Fresh Finds: Pop, Rock Now, New Music Friday Canada, and many more. margø draws inspiration from iconic rock artists such as Joan Jett and Blondie, while maintaining her individuality with a modern, dark twist. Make sure to follow her on social media to stay up to date with any future announcements and check out her creative posts that encapsulate her unique aesthetic.

Written By Karlee Skipper



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