Photo by Malu Franca
Last month we brought you "Ocean," which was a captivating piano based avant pop single. This month, Melissa Weikart has released "Testing" which continues that vibe but gets even more pop and avant at the same time. At times "Testing" sounds like it's going to be a mainstream and straightforward piano ballad, but then the piano starts wandering off in its very own direction. Weikart's vocals sound like she's trying to keep the song along a pre-determined path, but she seems to wander off unexpectedly, too. This isn't a simple song to just put on in the background while you go about your day. "Testing" calmly insists you focus your attention on the song.
Melissa Weikart says of her new song:
"'Testing’ is the oldest song on the album, a song that remained unfinished for a very long time. When I first sat down to write it, I was contending with a lot of dominant narratives about what it meant to be an artist and a woman. I realized a lot of the damaging narratives around women who make art—they don't write their own stuff; they don't produce their own stuff; they have ghostwriters; etc—I was also internalizing these things and, at my worst moments, believing them about myself and others. I was so ashamed and angry with myself—angry that I couldn't clear my head of these demons that kept me and others from writing freely and truthfully. So, ‘Testing’ was born when I sat down to shake these thoughts loose: to do a little spring cleaning about the truths I held to be objective. It's a song about frustration, about being lost in the others' narratives of you and not being able to hear yourself anymore because of them. And there’s also an important element of playfulness that helps counter all the heaviness and poke/have a little fun.”