It captures that essential 80s anthemic vibe in a funky flurry of synths and punchy rhythms.
Australian electropop adventurer Phebe Starr has hit the nail on the head once again with her latest single, “They Keep Telling Me”. Not only does it speak volumes against oppressive forces in a vivid rage of color and melody: it will also undoubtedly make you dance. The bombastic single debuted on January 27th with the following message to accompany the tubular tune:
“Today I bring to you a song I’ve been wanting to share for a while. With what small noise I create and contribute to I’d like it to be positive. I’d like it to say I stand with those who don’t have Freedom and inspire you to fight for it. […] ‘They Keep Telling Me’ – to be listened to with a touch of disdain for society.”
This description could not be more fitting to the theme of the song or the cultural atmosphere surrounding the time of her release and up until now. Furthermore, the defiant small town Aussie songstress’ own personal inspiration for this jam came from an overwhelmingly negative experience collaborating musically. “I wrote this track after the worst co-write I’ve had in my life,” Phebe explains, “Two sexist jerks told me to sit in a room and shut up while they wrote a hit for me. It was humiliating and demoralised the purpose of creativity and the hard work I’ve put in to creating a life filled with it. It’s horrible [being] treated as a stereotype or having to live up to one to be accepted. I wrote this song about my quiet rebellion from those expectations which seem to chase me through life.”
The track encompasses a sense of defiance and resistance towards negativity. It bursts with confidence, hope and positive energy. Pepper in some synthy 80s vibes, unapologetically powerful female vocals, a kicky melody and some rebellious lyrics and you’ve got yourself a perfect girl anthem. I hope it inspires us all to use the noise we create to bring positivity into the world.