You only have to hear the title of Bailey Bryan‘s new EP, Sensitive Bad B**** Music Vol. 1, to get a feel for the singer-songwriter’s wit and emotion, and it gets even better when you start listening.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter has demonstrated her mastery in the art of the pop song, and the six new tracks are her strongest yet, contrasting her bright and confident delivery with a vulnerability that’s impossible to fake (and leaving us dearly hoping there’s an SBB Music Vol. 2). The title track, “Upside Down,” is a standout, and in the interview below, Bailey shared her insights on the EP and the new track with us.
The Story Behind ‘Upside Down’
Bailey Bryan: “Upside Down” was inspired by the beginning of a really fun situationship—all of the exciting feelings of falling for someone, even though you know it’s going to get complicated.
What ‘Upside Down’ Means
BB: To me, the song feels really fun and happy, but it’s also about a very human feeling and experience—to dive into something knowing you could get hurt, because at the end of the day, we all just want to love and be loved and it’s rare and special to connect with someone on that level, even if you know it might not last. We shame ourselves and others for not always knowing what we want right away in love, I wanted this song to be a moment of celebrating the beauty in uncertainty!
Bailey’s Favorite Lyric
BB: My favorite lyric is in the bridge: “It’s our time, we can waste it how we like.” I think people get so worried about wasting time that sometimes we don’t give new people and experiences a chance, just because we don’t know the outcome. I love this line because it’s about letting go of that fear.
Sensitive Bad B**** Music Vol. 1
BB: “Upside Down” is the perfect example of SBB music because it’s fun and flirty and there’s a confidence about the delivery of the lyrics, but if you listen to the lyrics, you find the vulnerability in the situation. And that’s what it’s all about, balancing vulnerability and confidence. The EP is full of songs that you can dance or cry to, depending on your mood!
I’ve gone through a lot of transitions and changes in my life and career in the last year, and I’ve been waiting a long time to release these songs! I just hope that people relate and blast it in the car.
For more on our new favorite music, click HERE to read our interview with Emily James on “Lovely Enough.”