“Freaking Out” Over the Missing Presence of Another
Following the previous releases of “Not Okay” and “Hard Act To Follow (with GoldLink),” Billy Lockett’s third and newest single “Freaking Out” is a divine cocoon of anxieties that releases itself in the form of electro-pop blasts and head-nodding grooves. The track is accompanied by a new music video, namely a depiction of how Lockett’s emotions have taken over his every-day movements. He can be seen transforming everyone he passes into zombie-like beings, representing how his obsessive thoughts and emotions have taken complete control of his state of mind.
On the production of the single, Lockett has stated as such:
“I remember the eureka moment when we wrote the chorus of this song. It felt good, I wanted to do something unexpected, something that made people go ‘woah.’ The lyrics are all about when I was on tour for a long time and my relationships at home were falling apart. It is about the struggles of trying to be in two places at the same time, and how sometimes it ends up making you feel like you’re at neither.”
Softer instrumentals controlled by an electronic beat bring forward the heartfelt wishes made in Lockett’s vocals, and overall make an excellent introduction to how uneasy thoughts heavily cloud the mind in moments where clarity is required. It is the absolute truth that intense anxiety can weaken even the strongest soul, and when lucidity depends on the presence of another person not around, there is sure to be spiraling in the near future. “Freaking Out” is great in storytelling , and shows this through it’s beat, from it being more sparse in the beginning, to leading the melody in the chorus. It symbolizes that the further down a spiral a person will go, the bigger driver that the anxieties in their life become, and the more it affects those immediately surrounding them (as showcased in the music video below).