Brooklyn-via-Tennesse singer and songwriter Tanners makes energetic psych-pop with melodies eager to worm their way in your head. Today, she’s debuting her latest single “Empress In Reverse,” an electric tangle of guitar and synth with a mid-song drum flourish that makes me lose my mind a little bit. (It actually happens twice in the song, but it's the first time that feels most satisfying.)
According to Tanners, the track stemmed from pre-graduation anxiety during her last semester at NYU. Which make sense, since the hook is her singing "I can't get it out of my head," a relatable sentiment that I wish sounded as good in my head as it does in this song.
“’Empress’ was my way expressing that feeling of being so mentally overwhelmed you’re just crippled, as if you can’t even make the simplest of decisions,” she wrote via email. “It's this age when you're presented with seemingly endless choices of what to do with your life and everything feels so monumental and life-altering, no matter how big or small. But it’s the process of actually making decisions that really teaches you the most about yourself.” “Empress” will be part of a debut EP release expected in early August. Hear the track below.