Review: "Tear Me Up" - Myra Molloy x SANDY
With Myra Molloy’s “Tear Me Up”, she delves into harmful inner dialogues and self-esteem issues with alternative pop and electronica sounds. The single, which was co-written and co-produced alongside artist SANDY, was released on June 28, 2023. The song was inspired by both Myra and SANDY’s experiences of Grammy week in Los Angeles and the social pressures that come along with it. In the first verse, Myra talks about her distressing thoughts and how they control her. She knows not to let others treat her in such a way, but she treats herself badly all of the time. Right before the chorus, she says that “it would be so easy” if she could take a breath and let go, but she can’t. Then in the chorus, the title is explained: she tears her own self-esteem up and turns a blind eye to it, but she’s losing her mind while doing it. Myra adds more depth to her story in the second verse, explaining that others contribute to her pain and self-deprecation. She tries not to pay attention to it, but she’s losing herself “so casually”. She then repeats the chorus twice, further insinuating the fact that she’s tearing herself up.
Myra’s sound in “Tear Me Up” is vastly different from commercial pop, but it acts as a breath of fresh air. She utilizes a heavy digitized and electronic sound that contrasts her lyrics greatly. The lyrics would suggest that she would take a more “tried and true” route for her instrumentation, but her chosen sound elevates the song greatly. Her verses feature a simpler, lighter accompaniment while her chorus uses a complex and dark synthesized beat. In Myra and SANDY’s production, different vocal modulations and techniques contribute to the electronica sound and create depth for the song. They also use various sound effects to make a unique sound.
Myra Molloy is a Thai-American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer at only 25 years old. She won the first season of Thailand’s Got Talent at 13 years old in 2011. Myra also has a developed career as an actress. Myra was featured in the US tour of Miss Saigon and played “Quinn” in the Netflix film He’s All That in 2021. She also was in HBO Asia’s Halfworlds 2 as “Wish”, where she co-wrote and performed multiple songs for the show. In 2016, she was cast as the Thai dub of “Moana” in Moana, and was also featured on the award-winning soundtrack. Currently, Myra has 50,000 monthly listeners with over 3.5 million streams on Spotify.
Written By Lauren DiGiovanni
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