We all get nostalgic, it’s a part of the human condition. For me I get nostalgic about my childhood and teen years – especially through the music I listened to and obsessed over. My iPod was filled with a lot of bubbly pop songs that were definitely mostly cheesy, but were also uplifting and the direct serotonin hit I needed. Looking at the landscape of pop music now I can’t help but think there is a lack of that, with the direct honesty that has been encouraged by artists like Billie Eilish, Lorde, and Tate McRae, which is something very important. But every now and then you hear something that just takes you back, and transports you the carefree youthfulness you know you need to feel every now and then. And Mxmtoon’s new track ‘Coming Of Age’ is one of the important playful moments that intertwines a freeing message.
Taken from her forthcoming album ‘rising’ which will be released on May 20, the Californian singer-songwriter dives into the sonical references from her childhood with a bubble-pop heart pulsating through the production. It’s a song that poignantly closes her next album physically while also signifying the closing of a chapter lyrically and thematically. Listeners will immediately resonate that theme within their own life, whether that be the ending of a relationship, leaving school or getting a new job, “Let the credits roll. When the lights come on and they play that song, sayin’ it’s time to let the curtains close. This ain’t a coming of age anymore” she sings as she signifies the beginning of a new chapter in her life as she enters adulthood. No longer feeling like she’s in her “coming of age” era, she says goodbye to that time in her life and looks towards the future.
With bright production ushering in that new chapter, this song feels nostalgic and fresh at the same time. It’s a song that will immediately get stuck in your head, and will have you ready to sing in a hairbrush in your bedroom all over again – that is presuming you ever stopped doing that.