Zoe Wees Wonders About Love On “Lonely”
On March 18th, German singer-songwriter Zoe Wees released her latest single, “Lonely.” Over trap drums and a solid pop chord progression, Wees waxes poetic about love and usage. “Is it love … or are you using me?” This is the primary thesis of “Lonely,” and Wees does a great job of using her voice to make it apparent how this potential usage is affecting her.
There are several moments in the verses of the track where Wees doubles her lead vocals, creating a slight tension between the primary speaker and the subject of the song. This tension is felt in the lyrics as well, where Wees discusses how no matter what she does, someone will always be “giving [her] attitude.” In her mind, there is no escape from the people who just want to mould her in their image and use her status to bring up their own.
The unsung – or rather, sung – hero of this track is the melody. Not only is the chorus melody incredibly catchy, but the pre-chorus melody is just as great. There’s a lot that goes into writing a song, but melodies are hard to write. Artists want to be unique, but they also want to be memorable. They want to fully stand out, but there’s this pressure to make something that will appeal to mass audiences through the psychology of music. Admittedly, I don’t know much about music psychology, but I do know this: Zoe Wees uses her unique voice paired with relatively road-worn pop production in order to get the best of both worlds, and she deserves all the credit in the world.
The production on this is good, don’t get me wrong. But Zoe Wees’ voice is where her power lies. Those doubled vocals for the verses, the vocal runs of the chorus, and the flows of the rapped sections are all high quality, and they are what makes the song truly stand out amongst the vast musical landscape.
Check out “Lonely” below, and let us know what you think about Zoe Wees!