Sometimes a song name seems to perfectly encapsulate the mood of a piece of music, telling you exactly what you're in for and what you're going to get. Sometimes, for any number of reasons, the opposite is true. It's not my place to judge though, I'm not an artist, and no one is paying me to come up with song names. But I digress. Mallrat
's newest single "Better" is the former.
So sweet you can almost taste it, "Better" is instantly catchy, somewhat melancholic, but definitely an uplifting hit by the precocious Aussie popstar. A commentary on the ennui and everydayness of a young woman's coming of age, the song's opening moments of reflection quickly give way to a poppy and rousing chorus of "everyone's alive so everything's alright". You can't help but feeling better, and the song gets better and better with each listen.
Though we're well into the fall, "Better" feels like a classic end-of-summer hit. The song bridges the old and new, reflecting on the past while always keeping its eyes forward and upward. A perfect blend of synth and rock-pop, "Better" brings promise of new and better things to come.