Indie-pop artist clide just released a brand-new track, “hotel room,” a track about falling back in love with his ex, despite knowing it’s destined to come to nothing.
The song highlights the power of feelings versus the illusion of control; it’s what we do with those feelings that determine our future. The lyrics of “hotel room” spell out the struggle between emotions and intellect as clide’s passions pull him toward his former lover, while his mind tells him the situation if fraught with risk.
“I’m cool, I’m cool with being friends, But I’m in your, in your bed again / I’m scared, too scared to make a move, Cause I can’t fall back in love with you.”
“hotel room” follows clide’s 2020 album, in my mind, and his 2021 feelings EP, along with more than three million views on YouTube and 40 million streams on Spotify.
Valentine’s Day, typically, is all about deep feelings, sentiment, and quixotic sensations. With “hotel room,” clide probes the non-fairytale convolutions of love: love isn’t always a Disney-like fantasy where everything is peaches and cream. Sometimes it’s a tug-of-war, where if you lose your grip or let down your defense for one instant, you find yourself flat on the ground, staring up at the sky.
“hotel room” rolls out on sharply gleaming guitars that escalate to growling punk energy, while the tune’s rhythm pulses with muscle, a fat bassline, and crushing percussion. Hints of hip-hop-lite and pop-punk infuse the harmonics with ebbing and rising washes.
At once evocative and laced with sad nostalgia, clide’s voice imbues the lyrics with emotions ranging from melancholic to assertive, as he tries to do what’s right.
“hotel room” is superb, demonstrating the innovative creative talent and vocal ability of one of indie-pop’s levitating new stars.