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Album: 1000 Forms of Fear
“Chandelier” is a song by Australian recording artist Sia from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). Written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin and produced by Shatkin and Greg Kurstin, the song was released on 17 March 2014 as the lead single from the album. It is a pop song, featuring electronica and reggae influences. Lyrically, the song has a melancholic theme, detailing the demoralization and rationalization of alcoholism through the typical thought process of a “party girl.”
This song is truly something else. Sia isn’t an artist that succumbs to the norm, the mainstream. I’m all for eclectic music, but when I bought her album Colour the Small One (2004), I could only connect with two songs on the whole album – the singles thereof – because her style was so… Fuck it, it was kinda weird.
But Sia’s voice has never been underestimated, not by me or, it seems, by the entirety of mainstream music, as evidenced by her featuring on the wildly popular “Titanium” (2011) by David Guetta and many other songs by many other renowned artists.
There’s something about her new single, “Chandelier,” that stays true to her musical style while straddling an appeal to most major audiences.
Though it begins to the tune of an R&B hit, her voice almost grinds out the chorus (“I’m gonna swing from the chandelier”) until relaxing into a near-hip-hop-toned bridge. It’s that grittiness – and the balance of it – that draws me to this song against my will.
It perfectly matches the atmosphere of the music video, which depicts a young girl dancing around an empty apartment as though she is the only one there. Some of those moves are honestly oddly reminiscent of my own in the #tales from the crypt of my youth hahah.
I’m a fan.