“I was 17, I was in love, and it hurt,” reminisces Merival by way of introducing “Kicking You Out”, a very grown up, mature sounding song of simple guitar playing and her peerless vocal harmonies.
As much pleasure and happiness as she’d derive from dumping this faded love, Merival still concedes that a love lost was still once love: “Oh I’d like a wordless vacation for one,” she sings on the final verse, opining that “It would feel like a week with no rain but no sun,” yet still, such a drab, washed out, solitary holiday would be easier to manage than finally cutting ties with another.
Framed by youth but performed through the perspective of experience and distance, “Kicking You Out” is a time-lapse validation of the world crushing power of a first heartbreak. At the time, it feels like this pain will follow you through a lifetime’s worth of milestones and events. In a way, it always does; though the intensity diminishes and the details get fuzzy, now and then your senses feel like they’ve slipped into overdrive and your emotional scars tingle with recollection. Much like the way Merival’s splendid voice sending shivers down your spine. Just try kicking this delicate, beautifully despondent song out of your head.
“Kicking You Out” is from Lovers, Merival’s debut EP, available January 29.
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