MELROSE MELTDOWN // SUKI WATERHOUSE

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THERE IS AN UNDENIABLE INFLUENCE OF INDIE AND ALTERNATIVE POP THAT IS EUPHORICALLY TWISTED TO CURATE SUKI WATERHOUSE’S DISPOSITION IN HER NEW TRACK, “MELROSE MELTDOWN.” WATERHOUSE PLAYS WITH CONSISTENT ELECTRONIC SUPPORT AND GENTLE, YET POWERFUL SONIC MOVEMENTS TO CREATE THIS TRANSFORMATIVE AND EMOTIONALLY FLUID RHYTHM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRETY OF THE TRACK. 

SUKI WATERHOUSE DOES NOT SHY AWAY FROM THE STEREOTYPES OF FEMININITY IN “MELROSE MELTDOWN,”  BUT SOMEHOW EMBRACES THE CONFIDENCE OF BROKEN EXPECTATIONS. IT IS A KIND BALANCE WITHIN THE SIMPLICITY OF HER SONGWRITING AND A LOYALTY TO IGNORING EXAGGERATIONS. IT IS AN ODE TO THE GOOD AND THE BAD WITHIN THE BEAUTIFUL. 

“I GUESS I BELIEVE / I BELIEVE IN OLD FASHIONED THINGS / IMAGINING US / BUT THE LONGER I STAY / I CAN SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING / WHAT’S HAPPENING.” 

THE UNDERWHELMING SENSE OF INSTRUMENTAL TRANSITIONS, MIXED WITH THE LOW AND RASPY TONES OF WATERHOUSE’S VOCALS, REJECT THE TRADITIONAL SONG AND SONGWRITING STRUCTURES. LIKE THE STARS THAT CAME BEFORE HER – STEVIE, AMY, AND JANIS – SUKI HAS FOUND A GRACE IN HER OWN DIVERGENT STYLE. 

“WELCOME TO MY / MELROSE MELTDOWN / NOBODY EVER BREAKS UP / WE JUST BREAK DOWN / WE REALLY FUCKED IT UP / IN DIAMONDS AND DRUG STORES / THAT’S WHAT WE CAME FOR / AND WHEN YOU GET IT, YOU GOT WHAT YOU NEED.” 

HER AESTHETIC HAS BEEN DEEMED THE ICONIC “ROCKSTAR’S GIRLFRIEND,” BUT SUKI IS THE ROCKSTAR WITH HER OWN SOUND AND GRASPING STYLE. HER “MELROSE MELTDOWN” IS AN EMOTIONAL AND SULTRY TRIBUTE TO PURE EMOTION, AND THE BLISS FOUND WITHIN. IT IS A RESURRECTION OF THE OLD HOLLYWOOD MUSE, DELICATELY ENVELOPED IN MODERN DIVINITY.