girli Battles the Creeping Feeling of "Imposter Syndrome" in Thunderous New Single
Photo: Monika Wilczynska
Indie alt-pop star in the making girli, née Amelia Toomey, continues to push the boundaries between explorative pop and deep-cutting electronica in her latest single, "Imposter Syndrome." The track is a hard-hitting and fun banger that explores mental health and the fear of underachieving and taking the wrong path.
"Imposter Syndrome" opens with wind chimes trickling spa-like sound rings. The raw single then transitions into punchy instrumentation and brutally honest lyrics, with girli singing, "I wanna cut my hair and leave the city life / Cause I've become a girl, who I don't recognize / On the guest list, or you're worthless," while a persistently thrumming drum track beats in the background. She continues to stew in self-doubt as the paranoia that accompanies imposter syndrome creeps into her mind. Once listeners reach the chorus, we hear the singer needlessly over-examine whether she's an "imposter" or a "poser," an all-too familiar cyclical thought process.
"I was overthinking everything, feeling like a fake, scared that I was an underachiever and that everybody knew it and was laughed behind my back about it," shares girli. "I kind of go through life feeling like everybody else has a guidebook, and I'm just making it up as I go and getting it wrong. This song is about wanting to run away because of that feeling and being so unsure of yourself it scares you."
"Imposter Syndrome" appears in the queer artist's upcoming EP why am i like this?? and she's also touring the US for the first time in March with 3 headline shows, SXSW, and five alt-J support date. The forthcoming EP is set to explore girli's inner world and her ever-curious nature.
March 9th: Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
March 11th: Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
March 14th: Los Angeles, CA - Echo
March 15-17: Austin, TX - SXSW
March 20th: Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern (supporting alt-J)
March 21st: Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern (supporting alt-J)
March 22nd: Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern (supporting alt-J)
March 23rd: Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre (supporting alt-J)
March 24th: Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre (supporting alt-J)