Recommended Tracks: “Over It”, “Bad for Me”, “Not Missing You”
Artists You May Like: LANY, Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld
How many times do you roll your eyes about an ex or a bad breakup, claiming that you’re “over it,” but find that you’re not as ready to move on as you once thought? As much as you want to be done, you can’t help but return to that ex or ruminate about that breakup, trying to find closure. On Bailey Baum’s debut EP, Over It, the indie pop singer does not mask or dismiss her feelings about a recent breakup. Instead, she works through her emotions, trying to connect the dots and tie up any loose ends. By voicing her thoughts, she is able to find what she needs to get one step closer to truly being “over it” for good.
Starting with the title track, “Over It,” we enter a world full of sunny synths and warm melodies. The track comes to life with the soft energy of the electric guitar and effervescent rhythmic patterns of the drums in the chorus, emphasizing the need to be “over it,” as Bailey so earnestly sings. These lush layers of sound can be found throughout the EP, coloring and enlivening each heartfelt sentiment that comes through. While they either collapse or expand to fit the narrative of the track, these elements preserve the core of what Bailey describes to us, never obscuring or obliterating the lessons being learned.
Whether she is reminded of what she had on “Take Me All The Way” or convincing herself that she is just fine on “Not Missing You,” Bailey shows that there will be moments when your head and your heart do not line up. On the pensive “Bad For Me,” for instance, Bailey admits, “Wanting you is heaven / Wanting you is hell” and “I want to feel different / But my heart is just confused / And I can’t let go of you,” supporting the case that there will not always be a right answer. It will take time to heal, accepting that regret and doubt are a natural part of the process.
Even though Bailey is going through a conflicting time on these tracks, she manages to keep things classy. There is a quiet confidence that radiates through the lyrics, as if Bailey is casually telling a friend her most private thoughts. Her voice is relaxed, her lyrics are not accusatory or spiteful, and her music is cool and collected. When she does get a little insecure or flustered, as she does on “Thinkin Bout Me,” she never loses her composure. Whether it is the banter between the chords and the beat or a shimmering ripple of sound in the background, the music always supports Bailey’s emotions and keeps the melodrama at a minimum.
Overall, Bailey’s debut effort puts her in a good place. She holds her own on Over It, with vivid lyrics and enchanting soundscapes that showcase her artistry. Bailey also achieves her goal of getting “over it,” working through her issues without fear. By thinking through how she feels and why she feels, she proves that there is no need to do what is expected – you do not need to move on as quickly as possible, and you do not need to hide from the hurt. Feel it, embrace it, and get over it.
You can listen to Over It on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.