After over 50 shows in the past two years, German artist Pablo Brooks is back with “Overexposed”. The third single from his second EP, Pleaser, it details the confusion and feelings of loss that come with being a 20-year-old in a big city. Based in Berlin, Pablo sings of secretly wishing someone would come find you when you cannot seem to find yourself. He questions everything and analyses his past self-sabotage behaviour. It is a coming-of-age anthem with references to romantic relationships and friendships — and emotions ranging from love and lust to anger and pain. Most prominently, the lyrics contemplate Pablo’s relationship with himself, prompting the listener to turn inward and evaluate their own.
“You learn a lot about yourself in your early 20s,” Pablo says when discussing the song. “Sometimes too much, too fast. Especially about how much your childhood influences your present self and basically all your actions. I tend to overthink and overanalyse everything I do and look for a possible explanation. But after a while that just made my head explode (‘My past is a ghost now, breaking my window, wish I was better at being alone’). This song represents feeling overstimulated with everything, being 20, living in an urban jungle like Berlin, losing yourself, losing perspective of what you know and looking for the answers of questions that can’t really be answered.”
Sonically, the track is true alt-pop, with strong guitars and steady drums that frame Pablo’s thought-provoking lyrics and comforting vocals. In the accompanying music video, we see the artist on his own in a plain white tank — raw and honest. This honesty, along with his infectious sound, has attracted a large fanbase to the artist, eager to see him live and hear more.
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