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Review: "Try to Get Away" - Carlyn

Love is a powerful feeling because it is a gravitating force that can bring two people together. This is why breakups are tough, for it can be hard to sever this connection all of a sudden. Lust, on the other hand, is even more powerful. We crave the adrenaline rush that comes with physical affection. In fact, lust can release dopamine in the brain, a chemical that makes us feel good. In her song, “Try to Get Away,” Carlyn sings about the forces of love and lust bringing two ex-lovers back together. They know their relationship is toxic. However, the two continue to give into these feelings rather than “try to get away.”

One thing I enjoyed about this song was the instrumentation, particularly the bass line. It sounds sneaky. I thought it was meant to be a musical representation of walking. If so, it is kind of ironic because the two lovers are not staying away from one another. In the chorus, the lyrics declare that trying to get away from each other is a “favorite game.” This means that they have no intention of actually doing it. The second verse, Carlyn sings about the regret of giving into lust and how hard it is to move on. She then circles back to the chorus and gives into lust again. I like this format, as it does a good job illustrating a toxic cycle.

Carlyn is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose biggest music inspirations are Billie Eilish and Miley Cyrus. She is particularly adept in the genre of nightmare pop. This is a combination of haunting melodies and lyrics about love and life. You can definitely hear it on the sneaky bass line of “Try To Get Away.” It is even more prevalent on her other 2023 single “Sleeping With Penelope.” Here, the instrumentation is slow and haunting as Carlyn reflects on being betrayed by a person who she thought was her best friend. I enjoyed listening to Carlyn’s songs and can’t wait to hear what else she comes up with! Follow all of her socials down below to be the first to hear of any new releases!

Written By Kelli Dixon



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