Charlotte Lawrence Breaks Down on the Dancefloor in "I Don't Wanna Dance"


Singer-songwriter Charlotte Lawrence wrestles with her heart and mind in her latest single, "I Don't Wanna Dance." The vulnerable yet earworm of a song overflows with emotion as the LA-based artist's gentle vocals weave in and out of sentimental production.

Opening with soft guitar strums and stirring string effects, Lawrence describes how she tends to hold in all her emotions, wearing herself thin in the process and hoping no one notices. As tension builds in the pre-chorus, her emotions spill over into a rich collage of mid-tempo poppy percussion, steady basslines, and warm guitar riffs. She croons over the summery yet somber instrumentation, "Oh, I don't wanna dance / I don't wanna be your baby / Why am I still standin' in a crowded room / If it makes me lonely?" She finds herself breaking down as she admits that she's done with lying all the time to herself and others and doesn't even recognize herself anymore.

The accompanying music video, directed by Charlotte D'Alessio, is a dynamic visual that opens with the singer walking away from her neighborhood to sit alone under a tree in a vast grassland. Suddenly, overcome by emotion, she digs hurriedly into the ground, realizes she's not making enough progress, and heads off to a hardware shop. Armed with her vape and a new shovel, she continues to dig her hole until she's covered with dirt and bleeding from the hands, eventually finding herself unable to escape.

"I Don't Wanna Dance" follows the release of Lawrence's previous hit single "Boys Like You." Although the track is upbeat, the songwriter's soft vocals speak to an underlying sadness that listeners can't overlook. When the tempo builds during the explosive choruses, elevating the highly catchy melody and poignant lyricism, it's hard not to bop your head and potentially cry a little as the song plays out.

Watch the "I Don't Wanna Dance" video below:


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