Track Premier: Sammy Heck - "Parked Cars"
I do want to tell you about how Sammy Heck has delivered her most cohesive sound yet with “Parked Cars”, a hook driven pop song stripped down to its most essential parts in just over two minutes. More importantly though, I want to tell you how carefully crafted this song is, like all of Sammy Heck’s work, to bridge the gap between a universal experience and something so personal and intimate.
The song opens with and is grounded by a four-note keyboard hook that is both nostalgic and melancholy, calling me back to the years in high school that I spent late nights in parking lots, sitting in a car with my friends, biding our time to go forth with our lives as we settle into who we are. I’m sure many teenagers have spent time here in their formative years, talking about their fears and concerns in a space that is dark and safe and sacred enough to say these things out loud.
“Just Pretending”, a staple on Sammy Heck’s last release, entitled “Stop Wasting Time”, is about pretending to be someone she’s not for the sake of others, or for her own safety. She says that this new single is about getting to live out her adolescence only now, in her 20’s, since she spent so much time playing a character in her earlier years. It’s full of energy and life with its swelling synth pads, driving acoustic guitar, and pop beat. It’s an arrangement strung together with confidence and no extra fluff.
I am thankful Sammy has finally found the time to celebrate her youth with “Parked Cars”, and to be able to celebrate mine alongside her when I hear it. What many mislabel as shallowness in pop music is actually the overlooked talent of being able to sift through a situation and pluck out the single, most relatable emotion in it, and then frame it with joy. Sammy displays this skill once again here.
- Nick M.