Summer is over. Temperatures have dropped. The leaves have changed colors. And as the pumpkin spice piglets have returned, she has also had the concept of “Sad Autumn Girl”.
At least, according to social media users who got into an internet frenzy after Adele released a 21-second snippet of her new single, “Easy on Me,” just after independent rock artist Mitski released the “Working for the Knife” music video And highly successful artist Taylor Swift announced that the recorded version of “Red” would arrive a week earlier.
The large number of female artists who publish music with themes related to nostalgia, sadness and introspection has caused many people to be entertained in time for the “Sad Autumn Girl”. The term, which refers to an entire penalty season, is not new. Now, however, it reaches the heel of what people called “Hot Vax Summer,” a parody of the title track of rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer.” And as The New York Times noted in a recent article, this year “seasonal devotion has seeped into the lexicon.”
“Both Taylor Swift and Adele come to serve the sad girl in the fall just a week apart! Our hearts are not ready “, a Twitter written by the user.
“Mitski released a new song and Adele released a new teaser,” another person said he tweeted. “SAD GIRL AUTUMN NATION LET’S GET UP!”
But it’s not necessarily “Sad Girl Autumn” because of the news. Nor is it necessarily assumed that the music is tied to a season, according to some experts.
“There’s no seasonal strategy for releasing a song or album,” said Nate Sloan, an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Southern California. “These artists are not trying to capture the social anxiety or the general social and economic anxiety of the world, but they take advantage of their emotions and transmit them to a larger audience.
“Artists come up with their own life experiences and translate it into songs that everyone can enjoy,” he added.
However, according to pop music experts, there is no denying the ability of these artists to capture their vulnerability behind the microphone, which clearly resonates among fans.
“All of these artists bring extraordinary intimacy to their voice close to the microphone, so you can capture all the nuances of their emotion in their voices,” said Joe Bennett, a professor of forensic musicology at Berklee College of Music in Boston. .
“It’s no coincidence that some of the most talented and innovative women artists, like Mitski, Adele and Taylor Swift, take advantage of these emotional and musical gray areas, and that’s why people respond to it,” she said.
Swift herself tackled the phenomenon in 2019, when she appeared on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series, talking about the fan response to the original “Red” release.
“People on the internet … and among the people who care about my music, have been kind enough to associate fall with one of my albums called‘ Red, ’” Swift said. “You know, I guess it’s just a very similar fall album. “
Regardless of whether Adele, Mitski or Swift programmed their music based on seasonal changes, fans say they are still ready to sink. D’Adele new single comes out Friday, and his full-length album, “30,” comes out on November 19th. “Red (Taylor’s Version)” will debut on November 12th. Tickets for Mitski’s upcoming tour of North America have already been sold out. he said in a recent tweet.
And autumn, fans say, is the perfect backdrop for melancholy tunes.
Adam Patla, 27, a self-proclaimed fan of Swiftie and Adele, said his music “fits into that fall aesthetic, and people are excited to have a soundtrack to it.”
“Even if they’re not sad, it’s fun to be dramatic, pop the music and act like you’re the main character,” he said.
Sivi Satchithanandan, 24, said he welcomed all the gloomy music.
“I intend to relax on my blanket and blow up all these women with volumes that separate the ears,” she said. “I’m ready to be destroyed.”