Single Review: 'Getting By' - Holly Rees
Nearing the end of her 40+ date tour across Canada, Holly Rees has not forgotten about the rest of the world and she’s releasing a little treat to prove it in the form of her new single ‘Getting By’, a catchy indie-folk song and a peppy “fuck you” to depression.
What stands out most about the song is its chorus that is at the same time infectious and reflective.
“There’s no lesson in depression, it’s just a question of getting by”
This is a statement that rings true to everyone who has ever struggled with the little demons of overwhelming sadness and self-doubt.
“Confident, intelligent; I’m scared what do you think of me” – raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimised by irrational insecurity.
It’s a song that just gets it.
Holly speaks from her own experience, but mental health issues are so universal that it feels as though this song was written for everyone.
It makes you feel understood and supported which makes singing along all the more liberating.
And believe me when I say you will sing along, it’s impossible not to.
But it’s not just the lyrics that are sure to make ‘Getting By’ a crowd favourite at live shows, in true Holly Rees fashion it’s also incredibly well executed sonically.
It has everything I want in a good pop song: banging drum beats, crisp guitar riffs and a catchy melody, but they don’t demand attention; they leave the spotlight to Holly’s vocals and what she has to say.
It’s one of those songs that make you want to appreciate every note. You know the ones where you have to start over halfway through because your mind drifted off and you didn’t give it the attention it deserves…
With ‘Getting By’ Holly hit the nail on the head. She found a way to express what many of us are feeling but in a way that makes you feel like a fighter rather than a victim because you’re finding a way through, you’re getting by, or as Holly puts it:
“Sometimes it’s okay to just survive. The tide will always come back in.”
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