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  • Cheyenne Johnson

Review: "Sorry?" - Hila

Unrequited love burns. It’s a special kind of hurt when someone you love and care about doesn’t reciprocate those feelings. You’re constantly putting in effort and vying for the attention of someone who will never appreciate and return that energy. Hila captures these feelings in her new single, “Sorry?” with melancholy, longing lyrics. Featuring lyrics like “But all I wanted was your touch/Was I asking for too much/Am I not good enough for you,” this song expresses those inner thoughts many of us have struggled with when trying to figure out where a relationship went wrong.

Using a wonderful combination of twangy guitar strums and infectious pop beats, Hila creates a catchy anthem about heartbreak and yearning for someone you can’t make love you. Her sultry vocals and beautiful melodies deliver aching lyrics, ranging from feeling invisible to a former lover to wanting to make them sorry. Hila expresses the pain that comes with the vicious cycle of knowing someone doesn’t care for you the way you care for them, but still wanting them anyway. The song’s bridge is a perfect example of this, featuring the lyrics: “I can't change you/We both know that/I can't leave you I would go back/Block your number/Showed up at my door/Left you standing in the cold/I'll make you jealous/And you won't care/I don't know why I even try.” The song ends with a softer version of the chorus, adding reverb to Hila’s vocals and scaling the instrumentation back. The quieter delivery of the chorus and the addition of the reverb leaves us listeners on a sadder, more haunting note—a brilliant variation to drive home those melancholy feelings.

Hila is an up-and-coming Seattle-based artist. Her love for music began at an early age, writing her first song at age 9. An avid social media user, Hila has garnered the attention of many fans and uses the platforms to share her music. Her first single, “Easy to Lose Control,” has been a hit sensation, gaining over 200,000 streams within its first months. With the help of her producer, Brett Koolik, Hila writes and records all of her music in her bedroom. Together, Hila and Koolik experiment to push the boundaries of sound and have created songs like “Thoughts Out Loud” and “Bored of Myself.” Hila reaches newer and older generations through her songwriting, focusing on topics of heartbreak, mental health, and love.

Written By Cheyenne Johnson



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