Unrequited love is a motherf**ker that’s the driving force behind over 80% of all art created (citation needed). Less examined is the specter of being on the receiving end of romantic feelings you have no desire to reciprocate.

There’s an incalculable amount of music and art about being miserable because someone doesn’t like you. But on her brilliant new single “Crushing”, TRACE explores what it’s like to make someone miserable cause you don’t feel the same way about them. Anchored by a dreamy, woozy, alt. pop beat, TRACE spends the duration of the song cooing that she’s not upset by the attention, but has no intention of responding to it in kind. It’s “kinda cute”, but she’s bored by it and feels bad that the rejection will eventually make her would-be crush emotional.

Her delivery is a perfect combination of arrogance, empathy, and bravado. It’s a fantastic song to have on repeat this weekend, regardless of your romantic endeavors (or lack thereof).


TRACE had this to say about her new single on social media.

While there’s bound to be some interesting gossip in this whole ‘The situation that led me to write this song has been completely flipped on it's head’ business, the Los Angeles-based singer is well overdue for a new EP, or better yet a proper full length. Hopefully this is the starting point of that.

At least we have “Crushing” to tide us over until then. Like the sad sap she’s singing about on the song, we all have to take whatever bit of acknowledgment from TRACE we can get.