Twitter, as a place and platform, is pretty much a hellscape, but Kailee Morgue is a very bright spot within it. The 19-year-old singer from Phoenix, Arizona, uploaded a clip of herself singing a demo version of a very chilling pop song back in January and people immediately latched onto it. The rough clip has been retweeted 45,000 times and by June, she had signed a record deal with Republic Records. The final version of the song, which Kailee worked on with producer CJ Baran, is premiering on The FADER today and it's just as spine-tingling as the original clip.
Over email, Kailee told the story of her song's cinematic origins. “I wanted to create a story and paint a picture with words," she said. "I heard the first line in a movie ['There’s blood in the water'] and just had to incorporate it into that beat. It shows vulnerability and creates a different take on Medusa. In mythology, Medusa was cursed with snakes for hair and a hideous face over something that wasn’t her fault. It’s actually a tragic story, but people perceive her as a monster. So, she takes on the leadership role of the ‘broken’ in the song.”
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