Wednesday, August 03, 2022

‘Just a Game’ from Phoebe Green builds excitement for upcoming album

It’s been a busy few years for rising indie-pop talent, Phoebe Green

The musician has been pushing out singles in anticipation of the release of her new album ‘Lucky Me’ on 19th August. 

Riding the wave of the growing indie/electro-pop scene being popularized by the likes of Porridge Radio and Self Esteem, Green has cultivated a vibrant and colourful aesthetic to match. Moving away from the more acoustic-based blissful indie sounds of ‘Dreaming of’ and into glitchy and synth-driven tracks such as ‘IDK’ has opened the doors for a refreshed and matured sound from the artist.

The latest in this growing string of singles is ‘Just a Game’. In terms of her new electro-pop sound, this track leans more into the pop side of things. The track allows space for Green's voice to be the centre of attention. Referring to her past, she commented “I definitely hid behind the instrumentation: as long as that was cool, I was cool, or whatever”. However, in this new single, her voice does not get lost in the music. Instead, its range and beauty shine through as the highlight of the track.

The lyrics are that of heartbreak and dark realism; exploring sex, relationships and love in the modern world. The song reveals how disconnected the ‘online’ generation can be from their own bodies and relationships: “Take off my clothes / But don’t say my name”. A stoic rejection of love as a result of heartache – “The idea of love is meaningless” – hits the listener in the middle of the track but the tragedy of this heartache is downplayed by the danceable pop track. 

Just as the sweetness of Green’s voice juxtaposes some of the realism in the lyrics, the absurdity of the music video stands in complete contrast: a cartoonish Frankenstein love story. This unique artistic move showcases an artist who is beginning to refine her style, musically and beyond, and Green’s art is becoming rich with personality.

Annie Hackett


Image: ‘Just a Game’ Official Single Cover

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