Halsey just gave us the Taylor Swift – Lady Gaga mashup that we didn’t know we needed. With a very Taylor guitar and a very “You and I” vibe to the verses; it creates a beautiful blend our hearts will now forever yearn for.
The lyrics are so open, vulnerable a desperate but at the same time you can hear scared she is. Which is why the video matches perfectly.
In the video, we see two Halsey’s, or if you ask me, you see Halsey and you see Ashley. (Halsey‘s real name for those who do not know). Ashley is vulnerable, alone, and shut off. Halsey is glitz and glammed with a mask on her true self. That’s just from the direct visual… We can get deeper.
The two different versions of Halsey are also two different ways of expressing love. She has the nagging feelings that this won’t work, everything’s going to go wrong, so why bother. Which gives us closed-off Halsey. She’s alone. If she likes someone she doesn’t feel like she should sing it to the world if it’s just going to end up badly. To her they all do.
However there is this part of her that feels like this person is the one she can sing about. She feels okay singing this person to the world, she wants to. Wants to be all dolled up and in love.
It’s some pretty heart wrenching stuff. We just want out girl happy.
In addition to ‘Finally // beautiful stranger’ the singer released a collaboration with BTS member Suga, called ‘Suga’s Interlude’.
This song, if fan translations are correct, is also very heart wrenching. The song being about being successful in their careers and the difficulties that come with it. They wonder if it’s even worth it to keep doing it anymore.
“I’ve been trying all my life / to separate the time in between the having it all and giving it up / I wonder what’s in store if I don’t love it anymore.”
That’s just Halsey‘s chorus. Suga‘s goes in much deeper than that.
Manic is seeming like the most open, vulnerable album yet from Halsey and we couldn’t be more proud and in awe of her.
Manic is set to release January 17th, 2020. You can pre-order here.
Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: VEVO / Halsey