Tiding over a toxic relationship can be tough, but eventually one must trudge towards greener pastures. Thankfully, music has proven to be a cathartic avenue for one to release all that emotional turmoil. For this week’s #MFMF, here is a list of songs that provide long-needed solace and closure to a period of tumultuous bedlam.
Marshmello ft. Bastille – Happier
Starting the set is Marshmello and Bastille’s banger of a track, Happier. Albeit carrying a solemn message, the song’s lyrics serves as a reminder of the need to let go and let loose of an ailing relationship, lest it causes more damage to both parties. One has to be the bigger person, even if it means to completely loosen the reins keeping the relationship intact, for the other to be happier. The music video for the song is a bigger tear-jerker as it spins a compelling tale of a young girl (played by an unexpected Miranda Cosgrove) and her dog, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Camila Cabello – Consequences (orchestra)
In a stark contrast to Marshmello’s EDM-based track, the talented Camila Cabello serenades in this beautiful ballad as she recounts the magical moments of falling in love. In a tragic fall from grace, the song sings about how loving someone can bring about unforeseen consequences. Only through experiencing the journey can one then reflect with 20/20 hindsight and learn to be more wary of the responsibilities brought about by bringing another person into one’s life.
Halsey – Without Me
Halsey’s “Without Me” marks her first new material since last year’s album “hopeless fountain kingdom” and boy did she come back with a bang. Lyrically, the song dives into the ill treatment of the singer in an pernicious relationship despite her best efforts to stick with her lover through thick and thin. The empowering piece seeks to reveal the clandestine struggles of people who shoulder the burdens that spill from their beau, something that seems all too relatable to some.
Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely
On a more upbeat note, Alessia Cara’s latest song “Trust My Lonely” from her upcoming sophomore album “the pains of growing” is a waggish interpretation of dealing with a breakup. Projecting a happy-go-lucky demeanour, Alessia chirps about how she is better off on her own, away from a manipulative partner. The playful music video depicts her busting out silly dance moves in spite of the sombre topic, which goes to show that relationships doesn’t always have to end ugly.