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Poppy
New Way Out

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After the dark pop album Zig (2023), Poppy released a new single this month, ‘New Way Out’, showing a new and unexpected face. It’s great but it may not be for everyone.

I mentioned that Poppy “switches between music genres faster than a model changes outfits during a show” in my triple single review of ‘Church Outfit’, ‘Knockoff’, and ‘Motorbike’, I was expecting more and the new single delivers.

The artist enters a genre I’ve never heard her in, alternative metal.

A Versatile Singer Meets a Multi-instrumentalist 

The brute sound force the song opens with is stunning, it’d made me think what the hell if the music wouldn’t be wildly galloping on.

The sound is hard enough for the metal fans, yet not too hard for radios. Some radios. Still way too much for the casual ones.

The sound and composition are masterfully crafted, there’s nothing I can object to. The producer behind the piece is the British multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Fish, who you may remember from his (now former) well-known project Bring Me the Horizon. We should forget Stephen Harrison of House of Protection, who also played a big part in the song’s production.

Poppy’s singing is and when you hear distorted out in the first chorus, you’ll be screaming it in the second as well (only to feel slightly betrayed!)

The song changes pace to let Poppy’s vocals shine, and to let her use the emotions she puts into every song.

Take your pick.

What is Poppy’s ‘New Way Out’ About?

The song revolves around a few key themes: inner struggle (“Believe in nothing, I’ve lost all feeling / No, I don’t wanna bend to my own loneliness”), struggling with personal demons (“They shift and twist, push back again / They’re always trying to consume me”), and seeking to escape from it all (“I caught myself before the bottom /I need a new way, give me a new way out.)

The lyrics picture a state that feels overwhelming, and consuming, leading to loneliness and self-doubt.

However, there’s a strong desire to find a way out of the darkness, to overcome the inner conflict stressed in the chorus.

Only this time a way out that’ll work, as the word new hints at.

Wrapping Things Up…

There was a version of me saying “another way of looking at the sound is to say it’s too generic for 2024, feels like the early 2000s, or comparing it to Paramore and similar bands.”

Nope.

I love it. I love it as it is.

It’d be rocking my music world twenty years ago, it’s even better for 2024, for now, for any now.

Poppy – ‘New Way Out’ Music Video

Poppy – New Way Out (Official Visualizer)

Poppy – ‘New Way Out’ Lyrics

Poppy
Ah

I’m in too deep a make-believe
I know the demons always choose me
They shift and twist, push back again
They’re always trying to consume me

I cannot let it in
They’ll take my everything
Believe in nothing, I’ve lost all feeling
No, I don’t wanna bend to my own loneliness
I’ll scream ’til nothing’s left (On and on)

‘Cause they push and pull me down
And I’m forced to face the who I’ve become
The silence screams so loud
I caught myself before the bottom
I need a new way, give me a new way out

The pain in all the pretty things
Are yours if you can get it seated
You are the risk, the reckoning (reckon-, reckoning)
If you’re brave enough to lean in

No, I don’t wanna bend to my own loneliness
I’ll scream ’til nothing’s left (on and on)

‘Cause they push and pull me down
And I’m forced to face the who I’ve become
The silence screams so loud
I caught myself before the bottom
I need a new way, give me a new way out

Are you gonna get up?
Or are they gonna keep you down?
Down, oh, oh
Get up

‘Cause they push and pull me down
And I’m forced to face the who I’ve become
The silence screams so loud
I caught myself before the bottom
I need a new way, give me a new way
I need a new way, give me a new way out

New way out, oh

Written by Vinklarek on

Petr 'Pete' Vinklárek writes mainly about music. Prior to entering the digital industry, he taught Translation Studies & British and American Cinema at a university. In his spare time, he hikes, listens to podcasts, watches films, and writes poetry. Petr studied the English Language and Literature at The University of Ostrava; his master’s thesis covered some aspects of Warren Zevon's work.
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