NYC-based artist Rachel Bochner has just released her third single off her upcoming EP, twenty something, and it’s a love song that veers outside of the traditional lane of love songs. Rather than looking through a romantic lens, “pretty when u cry” is instead dedicated to the types of friendships that will last forever. It’s an ode to the beauty of allowing yourself to be vulnerable. It’s also a reminder that even when you’re feeling lost behind the mask of independence in trying to hide your struggles, you’re not alone and that the people who love you will love you through the good, the bad, and the ugly – even when you cry.
Rachel began her career in the music industry with an A&R internship at a record label then realized her true passion was for creating and sharing her own music. While her musical influences span the likes of Lana Del Rey, Maggie Rogers, Julia Michaels, Lorde, some of whom she took inspiration from for this particular track, Rachel is paving her own way and defining her own unique sound. Her passion lies in making pop music that resonates with people at any stage in their life and in any emotions they may be feeling. twenty something is her second EP, following previously-released 2 AM, and champions the incredible team of women-identifying collaborators Rachel has worked with, from writing, production, mix/mastering, to the visuals to accompany the tracks.
In refreshingly candid and sweet tones, Rachel carries the accepting and caring lyrics in a way that makes it easy to imagine your close friend saying the same reassurances to you. She shares acknowledgments of what she notices of her friend – things that other people may easily overlook – atop equally sweet instrumental melodies that fall into a soft synth production that exudes warmth within the chorus. Feelings of warmth and comfort continue through the rest of the song, creating a calm soundscape that highlights the compassion within the message, complemented by a modern orchestral take on sound production.
If you’re going through something and feel like you’re an island because nobody will understand, this song is for you; let it serve as a reminder that you’re not alone and that people around you do care. If you have a friend who you just don’t quite have the words for yet but want to show them that you’re still here, send this to them. Or if you just want a reassuring track to listen to as you go about your week, make sure to stream “pretty when u cry” and follow Rachel as she continues her journey of building environments of expression and appreciation.