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Review: “Never Be a Boy" - Tess Clare

Rising pop singer Tess Clare just released her single, "Never Be a Boy" on May 17, 2024. The indie pop track details her growing feelings for her best friend as a teenager, as Clare grappled with the complex journey of coming to terms with her sexuality. Her music often takes inspiration from her relationships and coming of age experiences, and "Never Be a Boy" is no exception. In this song, Clare beautifully captures the innocence and confusion of forming a crush, particularly in how it relates to queerness. It's the perfect addition to any playlist on your streaming platforms.

In "Never Be a Boy," Clare sings about innocent childhood activities like having sleepovers, braiding each other's hair, and talking about their crushes on other people. But in these moments, she does not just feel a friendship connection; she feels an attraction that she did not even fully grasp until she was in her 20s. With lines like "Butterflies, summertime, when we touch / Too bad I could never be a boy" and "Changing in the closet / Waiting on a plot twist," she puts into words the complex feeling of falling for another girl and coming to terms with what that means. Between gentle vocals and mellow synth pop, it's a song that will be felt deeply by anyone coming into themselves and their sexuality.

Tess Clare is an independent LA-based artist who put out her first song in 2018. Taking inspiration from Amy Winehouse, Holly Humberstone, The 1975, and more, Clare puts value on putting emotion into her music and drawing from her personal experiences. Since releasing her first track, she has accumulated nearly 6,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone and over 100,000 streams across songs. You can keep up with all the latest information on Tess Clare and her music by following the social media links below. Make sure to listen to and save “Never Be a Boy” on whatever streaming platforms you enjoy.

Written By Sydney Gray



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