Katherine Li Actually Cares a Lot, Even If She Tells You "I Don’t Care"
Rising indie darling Kathrine Li has finally released her latest highly-anticipated single "I Don't Care." After releasing a series of profoundly relatable singles over the last several months, Li ties all of these loosely connected threads with a proverbial bow, creating the blueprint for a budding discography of songs that dive into the darker, more heartbreaking aspects of unrequited love and relationships.
"I Don't Care" opens with lilting piano chords and Li's lovelorn vocals. The song is a heartstring-pulling ballad that leaves listeners on the verge of tears. As the song builds, the singer-songwriter attempts to tell herself over and over again that she doesn't care that all her friends are falling in love but eventually admits that it sucks to watch them all run off into happy relationships.
It's a stirring follow-up to the whimsically anxious "Happening Again," released earlier this year. The song is the embodiment of the butterfly feeling you get in your stomach with its catchy guitar riffs and pop-fueled percussion. Li's sweet and summery voice bursts in, singing, "Oh my god I think it's happening again / Swore to myself I would be letting it end." She spends the remainder of the song narrating her search for someone she isn't over yet in every room and ends up looking like an idiot whenever she tries to play it cool, a deeply relatable sentiment that keeps listeners invested until the very end.
The lighthearted, self-aware, yet resoundingly impactful tone of Li's work has a magical quality to it. Here, relationships, both imagined and those that didn't quite pan out, hold equal, earth-shattering weight. And with "I Don't Care," Li leaves listeners in emotional shambles while penning yet another enviable chapter for this promising star.