Pop singer Fletcher released her latest single “Healing” this week, a timely anthem of self-discovery, accompanied by a new music video. The track is the follow-up to her smash hit “Bitter,” the lead single from her second EP The S(EX) Tapes, a record that hit number 1 on iTunes and was praised by publications including Teen Vogue and PAPER.
Hailing from Asbury Park, NJ, home of prominent musicians and bandleaders, such as Bruce Springsteen, for over a century, Fletcher studied songwriting at NYU’s prestigious Clive Davis School for Recorded Music. Her Capitol Records debut, the 2019 EP You Ruined New York City For Me, spawned her breakout hit “Undrunk,” which reached the Billboard Hot 100, hit the top of Spotify’s Viral Chart, and earned her a nomination for IHeartRadio’s Best New Pop Artist. Since then, she has played at major festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonaroo, and on TV shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“Healing” is an upbeat but relatively mellow ode to self-love and authenticity, arriving at a moment where its central theme: that it is okay to be not okay, is of particular poignance and visibility. Centered around an approachable, minimalist trap beat, the arrangement gives Fletcher plenty of space to deliver her lyrics, which are made all the more the focus of the song by the simple melodies and lack of showy vocal theatrics. A pulsing guitar line gives the song propulsion, running throughout most of the tune. It gradually builds up towards a well-choreographed drop, yet the buildup culminates not in a breakdown with earth-shattering bass, but with a more emphatic reiteration of the chorus, bouncier but never abrasive.
Of the song, Fletcher said “The world is healing right now. I can feel the collective energy of people waking up to their power and connecting to themselves in a way that humanity never has before. Healing isn’t a linear process, and it’ll take you on the most insane rollercoaster ride of your life. But it’s worth the view at the top.”
“Healing” is out now on streaming services.