The very best tortured love songs are those you can imagine were wrenched out of the artist as they worked alone in the dead of night. On that front, Welsh singer-songwriter Betsy's debut single "Fair" delivers. With its sparse palette of synths and a vocal performance that veers between overpowering Annie Lennox-esque booms and fragile breaks, "Fair" is a song that lays everything bare. And the video, premiering above, goes one better.
"I wrote and recorded 'Fair' in a state of complete despair during the final throes of a relationship," Betsy told The FADER over email. "Writing it made me realise that it really was over. It’s about wanting to leave but not being strong enough to. In the video, I wanted to reflect the feeling of suffocation and madness I felt at that moment.
"I’m a big fan of David Lynch, and I remembered the scene in Wild At Heart where Lula's mother loses the plot and covers herself in lipstick. It spoke to me because that was the delirium I was feeling, and pretty much the way I was looking [while writing the song], hunched over my keyboard, bar the lipstick.”