Anyone who has gone through a breakup knows how hard it is to forget the other person. You can take their number out of your phone and rip all the pictures apart. Even after taking these drastic measures, some thoughts may still creep in. When I first saw the title of PENNY X’s “single song,” I thought it was going to be about the freedom that comes with a breakup. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that she actually sings about how hard it is to get over an ex. PENNY X uses this upbeat pop tune to express all her feelings because she can’t let them swim around in her mind any longer. It just goes to show how great of a coping mechanism music can be.
I really enjoyed the instrumentation in this song and how it progresses. It is calm on the verses as PENNY X sings, “trying to find something that I can say that’s not about you.” The music builds until the chorus when she asks “ why do I keep writing all these lines about you?” and declares, “you don’t deserve a single song.” It is almost as if the music represents a buildup of emotion. Additionally, the warped electronic sound with the echos was a good stylistic choice for this track because it sounds like we are inside of PENNY X’s mind as she cleanses it of all the negative energy. When listening to this song, I also liked how ironic it was. PENNY X is saying that her ex doesn’t deserve a single song, yet the whole song ends up being about them.
PENNY X is an independent artist from Berlin who does self therapy through songwriting. This is definitely the case with “single song.” The track comes off her very fittingly titled EP, “how (not to) get over your X.” If you need recommendations on what to listen to next, you should check out “stupid,” another song off of that EP. It has a sound similar to “single song” and is about wanting to go back to better times in a relationship. On the other hand, “back to your dad’s” is a more edgy song about wishing the worst on an ex. Needless to say, you will find the perfect breakup anthem on this EP to scream out and to help get over your own relationship woes.
Written By Kelli Dixon
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