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WILLOW shares new song “curious/furious”

Her fifth studio album, COPINGMECHANISM, is due out September 23.

September 09, 2022
WILLOW shares new song “curious/furious” Dana Trippe

Willow Smith is not one to rest on her laurels — or those of her parents. At 21, she’s two weeks out from the release of COPINGMECHANISM, her fifth studio album as WILLOW, and she’s now shared the project’s third single. “curious/furious” follows July’s “maybe it’s my fault” and last month’s “hover like a GODDESS” on the record’s release cycle and reemphasizes the affinity for pop-punk/R&B hybridization she’s shown in recent years.

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Of the three aforementioned cuts, “curious/furious” is the most traditional pop song. It lacks the intense urgency of “maybe” or the thrashy, nu-metal undertones of “hover,” but it’s still got a kick to it once it hits it’s stride. If one takes the track’s title literally, it’s first verse-chorus-verse is its “curious” opening, and its “furious” section begins to build during a brief bridge about halfway through, after which Smith’s impressively elastic vocal cords explode into a controlled stream over crunchy, pummeling guitar strumming in its final minute. “Getting over it now, and I / Never wear a frown, because life / Doesn’t choose either side / Win or lose, right or wrong, it’s a battle / That’s all in your mind / You better open wide,” she sing-shouts as the churning instrumental begins to flood the mix.

“curious/furious” arrives alongside an eerie, stripped-down visualizer courtesy of Jaxon Whittington and Dana Trippe that finds a chameleonic WILLOW head-and-shoulder bust floating in a jet-black ether as it delivers the song.

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In addition to the singles, WILLOW has released several collaborations, including a Kid Cudi remix of “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” (the Travis Barker-featuring opener of 2021’s lately I feel EVERYTHING), “Meet Me At Our Spot” with THE ANXIETY and Tyler Cole, “PURGE” with Siiickbrain, and, most recently, “Where You Are” with PinkPantheress. She’s also toured extensively, as a headliner and in support of Billie Eilish and Machine Gun Kelly. She has two more festival performances scheduled for this month: on the 22nd at FireFly in Delaware and on the 24th at iHeart in Las Vegas.

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WILLOW shares new song “curious/furious”