Anxious lyrics are juxtaposed against upbeat, carefree electro pop in Alex Kepler and Kastoway’s “So Scared”.
It’s futuristic house and frantic worry worked into an anthemic club banger.
“…I never say a thing.”
Trapped out in the open… You’re surrounded by passersby.
Your throat catches; you’re choking.
A stranger stops and stares; approaches… His hand extends to meet and greet yours.
You smile. He smiles. What were you afraid of?
“…A million thoughts running through my mind…”
“So Scared” is the ultimate contradiction; musical mirth and melodrama. Lyrically, the song is a sad account of social anxiety. Melodically, it’s as cheerful as they come.
In “So Scared”, percussive elements ricochet like loose bullets, smoky singing breathes like a gale and leaky synths drip into the mix as cold, mid-spectrum condensation. All in all, there’s a wealth of great energy here.
This track is bouncy, buoyant and bubbly with dynamics. The buildups between verse and chorus are carried out carefully enough to keep the song consistent all the way through too.
For a surprisingly cheery listen with just as surprisingly thoughtful lyrics, be sure to lend “So Scared” your eardrums for a while. It’s worth it.