Review: "Strangers" - Mercer
"Strangers" is about that phase some relationships come to right before a breakup. It's about when the other person is pulling away, talking to other people, and then giving you false reassurance that everything is fine. In this song especially, Mercer goes into detail about what it's like even living with this person and how painful it is to be living in the same home as someone who is responsible for the entire relationship crumbling. She describes how the other person is making petty accusations, and how she's in the dark about what could have gone wrong. With her vocals and lyricism, Mercer elegantly tells the story of what it feels like to be the one in pain in a situation like this.
As this is a heart-wrenching, emotional piece, Mercer did an amazing job at encapsulating the pain of what it's like to go through this sort of breakup. From the melody to the vocals, this song is chock-full of emotion. The melody is dramatic and elegant as the beat is very strong and prominent. The other instruments and sounds keep a light sound to contrast the strength of the beat, giving the melody some good diversity. Mercer's voice is absolutely stunning and is nothing short of delicate and powerful. Her lyrics were very beautifully written, especially with the line "but now we're just two strangers in the same apartment." Her lyrics describe the proximity of just how close these two people were, just for it to all come crashing down. Overall, this piece is truly heartbreaking but is so graceful and full of emotion.
Mercer is a singer-songwriter who grew up in San Francisco. Before music, Mercer became the founder of apps including FriendIts and Adiots, and a designer for a clothing line at Target. She began receiving major attention for her music when in 2017 her music video for "Could've Picked Me" earned hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. She is also known for original songs like "Girl Talk" as well as her covers of songs like Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire." Today, she is attending the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York.
Written By Melina Darlas