Canadian singer and dancer Tate McRae is part of a new generation of emerging female music talent led by American pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo. In fact, the 20-year-olds are friends, with McRae recently appearing in Rodrigo’s Bad Idea Right? music video.
McRae has garnered a small but growing fanbase with her raspy voice and an intimate genre of pop that straddles between alternative and electronic, as heard in previous songs such as You Broke Me First and Greedy.
Her latest release, Exes, has her singing about turning her back on flaky love interests while reflecting on being an unreliable girlfriend.
The track – which is from Think Later, her sophomore album that will be out on Dec 8 – was produced and co-written by Ryan Tedder, the frontman of American pop band OneRepublic. He has also created hits for many big names such as Adele and Beyonce.
Though not lyrically or musically ground-breaking, Exes is catchy and snappy in all the right ways, with McRae’s sleepy, raspy voice a perfect match for the apathetic lyrics and four-chord progression ubiquitous in today’s pop music.