Sawyers New Pop Single and Visuals Quirky Yet Poignant Message
“There’s nothing better than a girl-power anthem accompanied by visuals of sparkles and flying tampons. Thanks to the dynamic pop-rock duo, Sawyer , we get all of that and more wrapped in one badass bow,” Ladygunn‘s Paulette Ely wrote on Tuesday. “Sawyer’s single, ‘Emotional Girls,’ speaks to the unspoken societal fear that women have of being dismissed for seeming ‘crazy’ in relationships. The video is a stylistic slap-in-the-face to those who have incriminated the emotions of women, and the slumber party vibes portrayed are a sentiment to the importance of being vulnerable and honest with your best friends by your side… Emotional health must be emphasized across all identities, and Sawyer’s single/video is turning the steps toward progress into graceful, giant leaps.”
Filmed with a group of their real-life besties, the Nashville-based duo debuted their quirky-yet-poignant new visual yesterday as a call to arms for “emotional girls” everywhere.
“We wanted the music video to visually show that when someone uses the label ’emotional’ to dismiss another person’s experience, a gross distortion of reality occurs,” the band explains. “The verses portray reality and the choruses portray the situation as the boyfriend sees it. At the chorus, Kel’s bedroom turns into a pink, fluffy explosion. This room becomes the backdrop for a montage of eight girls acting out a characterized version of what “having emotions” looks like— throwing tampons in the air, pulling sprinkles out of a pink purse, or screaming into a telephone. By becoming what being ’emotional’ looks like to the boyfriend, the absurdity is revealed. At the end of the video, all of the girls have taken off their exaggerated makeup and clothes, and helped Kel take off hers. It’s a really empowering image of friendship.”
Composed of best friends Emma Harvey and Kel Taylor, Sawyer formed when the pair met while both attending Belmont University in 2015. Since then, the duo have racked up over 5 million streams on Spotify alone, earning the two an opening slot on Jon McLaughlin‘s 29-date Me and My Piano Tour this fall. Their self-described brand of “friend rock” aims to pair feel-good sounds with thought-provoking lyricism in an all-inclusive environment.
“We want this song to make people feel understood and to make other people understand,” they admit. “Anyone that has been dismissed or overlooked because they feel their emotions, we are here to say you are not crazy! And you deserve better from your friends or co-workers, or whoever it is in your story.”
“Emotional Girls” is out now via
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