The title says most of it. The song remembers Kempner’s close friend, Lily, who passed away unexpectedly. “When you lose a friend—a young friend—nothing can prepare you for that,” she says. Amid dealing with her grief, Kempner began a new relationship, which ignited a whole host of feelings. Predictably, she entered into a whole new phase of the grieving process: that of not being able to introduce her friend to her new partner. “I’m with someone new,” she sings, “and I know that you would love her if you met her.”
Kempner’s sound, which recalls the best of female-fronted ’90s alt-rock, is complemented by its video, created by students at the Real to Reel Filmschool at Raw Art Works in Lynn, Massachusetts. That fresh vision perfectly illustrated the complicated, conflicting light-dark dichotomy of Kempner’s emotions, illustrating the depth of her lyrics.
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