When I first heard “I Can’t Be You” from rising pop starlet, Chersea, I was taken aback by the grungy, industrial pop sound that opens the track. It was a red herring as the instrumentation on the single is extremely minimalistic. This style of music is popular. It generally allows an artist to showcase their lyrical writing abilities, which Chersea has in abundance. In addition, by keeping the instrumentation to a minimum, it allows her clear vocals to shine through with stunning runs and brilliant cadence.
But “I Can’t Be You” is more than just a pretty song with a pretty voice. Thematically, the single dives into abusive relationships, that are not always physically abusive.
“Some relationships are abusive, but not all abuse is physical,” Chersea says. “My new single, “I Can’t Be You,” explores gas-lighting – the manipulation of someone through psychological means into questioning their own sanity. The affected person views their emotional situation through a distorted lens, and becomes willing to sacrifice their own happiness and health to conform to the flawed perspective.”
So not only is Chersea a talented singer/songwriter, she wants people to understand and know that they are not alone. That there is a way out and that being in an abusive relationship is not the abused’s fault. We each have our own identities and we need to protect them and “I Can’t Be You” is an anthem to rally around.
Honestly, I love this song. It is real and it is what music was designed to do; to make you feel. “I Can’t Be You” makes you feel.
Check out the brand new single, “I Can’t Be You”, by Chersea from her latest album, In Limbo, on Spotify below and do not forget to pick up the album and single on iTunes now!
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