Halsey Delivers With New Single “Nightmare”
Halsey is one of my favorite artists that's currently making music. There isn't much that gets me more excited than finding out she's dropping a new song or music video. As you can imagine, my excitement piqued upon finding out that she was releasing a new song on Friday May 17th. Not only did she release a new song, but she dropped the music video as well, and both are phenomenal.
The music for “Nightmare” is a mix between the synth-pop she's most well-known for, and a harder alternative rock sound that's more fitting for the biting lyrics of the track. The musicality of the verses is a throwback to her first full length studio album, Badlands, and the chorus slams into a rock vibe that I hope is prevalent in the album she's currently writing. Each pounding drum beat and distortion technique is well fit for the angry, motivational anthem she's created.
In a tweet not long after the song and video dropped, Halsey credited her fans as the inspiration for “Nightmare.” On Friday morning she tweeted, “imagine getting onstage every night and seeing young women sweating mascara tears, lightning in their eyes, throwing elbows and raising fists, screaming till the veins in their necks raise under warm skin, and not being inspired by it. this song is about you, for you.” If you've been to a Halsey concert, you know what she's talking about. I've been to two and both times I felt like I was in a space filled with young women like me. Young women who are complex, intelligent, expressive, and unabashedly themselves. Young women who dealt with an array of different hardships and struggles, and have come out on the other side. Young women who are still going through it but are doing their best. Young women who have all come together for one night to scream songs they relate to, and channel their emotions into letting go at a concert. One of the lyrics from “Nightmare” I've seen floating around that seems to be the most meaningful to people is this one: “'Cause kindness is weakness, or worse, you're complacent. I could play nice or I could be a bully. I'm tired and angry, but somebody should be.”
If you've read this far and you're pumped about the song, I have some great news for you: the music video is just as epic. There are black and white scenes of Halsey singing while women mosh around her, and scenes of women fist fighting while cheering one another on. Cara Delevigne and Suki Waterhouse are there wearing suits, and Debbie Harry is in it radiating perfection and serving looks. It's dark, angry, and genuinely fantastic.
Every time Halsey releases a new song, she delivers. She never does anything by half, she puts all of herself into everything she does, and it shows in the quality of her work. “Nightmare” is no exception, and I can't wait to see what she does next.