Earlier this summer, we spoke to rising artist Bloodboy about her upcoming EP and obsession with Bowie’s 1977 seminal album, Low. This week, the singer finally shared the second single off her debut, which comes in the form of a moody pop ballad centered on addiction. Written and produced by the singer with help from producer Thom Monahan, “Hey Kid” is the perfect mix of hard and soft, combining Bloodboy’s lofty vocals with the sorrow of self-destruction—an accessible pop anthem with some rough edges.
“I guess, fundamentally, ‘Hey Kid’ is about watching someone you love self-destruct and and having no fucking clue how to help them,” she said. “In the early stages of addiction, it’s easy as an onlooker to turn a blind eye—to make excuses for the erratic behavior or write it off as something else. As it begins to consume the person, in this case manifesting itself in the form of paranoia, violent behavior and complete emotional absence, it becomes a little more difficult to deny. There were nights I avoided answering my phone because I was terrified it would be someone calling with news that something terrible had finally happened.”
Stream “Hey Kid,” below.