Amelia Moore's “over my ex” Embraces the Harsh Reality of Not Being Ready to Move On


Photo: Katia Temkin

Amelia Moore’s new single, “over my ex,” is a gutsy indie-pop confession. 

“over my ex” opens with angsty guitar strumming, muted beneath Moore’s vocals that push a driven melodic pace, terse with pent-up emotion. Glimmers of artful glitches start to decorate the intentionally sparse arrangement, letting sweet-and-sour lyrics, “think you're seventeen but you were born in the nineties,” ring out clearly. The second verse loosens the reins, giving way to moments where rich stacks of harmonies and vocal runs slip through the widening cracks in Moore’s defenses as the song’s emotional stability spirals. 

Moore’s voice is as versatile as the synths that are draped throughout the track; her melodies can be punctuated and angst-fueled in one line, then softly cascade through riffs in the next. Listeners are able to hear the emotional complexities of  “over my ex” even without the lyrics as Moore paints the song’s spectrum of feeling with colorful brushstrokes. 

“‘over my ex’ is the most honest i’ve ever been with myself in my songwriting,” shares Moore. “it’s easy to feel ashamed when you’re not over someone, but i hope my fans feel liberated when we all sing this together.”

After all of the building tension, the chorus gives listeners the release they’ve been waiting for, unleashing full vocal freedom into an infectiously unrestrained hook. By this final iteration of the chorus, the confession, “I’m not over my ex,” has lost all its shame, and has instead crossed into unbridled catharsis. Moore belts the lyrics as she tears down the notion that a new romance is the best way to recover from heartbreak, singing, “Yeah I know we’re naked / but I’m so depressed / I’m not over my ex…”

Vocal phenomenon, Moore is a quietly unstoppable force in the world of pop, and “over my my ex” is a not-so-quiet testament to her impending reign. 

Watch the "over my ex" video below:


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