It’s not often an artist comes along with such an effortless ability for weaving together a complex tapestry of melody and story, but Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Grace has done exactly this with her new track “Sad Boys”.
A part of her three-part miniseries “Welcome Class of 2005”, Tamara explains that the track – which serves as a sonic warning against toying with other people’s emotions – is “about a girl who has quite a reputation for being the girl that every boy wants. For amusement, she enjoys flirting and seducing boys she finds she can take advantage of. Whenever she comes out empty, she stomps on their hearts and moves on to the next boy in line.” But the plot thickens, as she adds: “One day, the boys overheard each other’s conversations and realised they’ve all gotten their hearts broken by the same girl. They start to hang out, compare notes and all decide to plot a revenge scheme on her. They agreed the best way for her to learn her lesson is to use her own plan against her. The scheme is a huge success, and she suffers as a result. Broken-hearted, she exits the school grounds and heads home to her bedroom. She grabs her teddy bear, Stella, and spends her days and nights screaming and crying till she feels emotionally numb.”
Opening with minimal and sombre piano chords, the rising star lays out the narrative via her haunting vocals, before the track builds to a crescendo of emotive pop, classical and deft flourishes of country. Tamara has been making waves in the industry with her raw and vulnerable lyricism, a personal tool she uses to work through her emotions, heal anxiety, depression and lead her on a path of self-discovery, and she hopes that her music will have the same effect on others.
Listen to “Sad Boys” below…