Eves The Behavior Doesn't Want To Be Your Girl

Eves The Behavior Doesn't Want To Be Your Girl

THE SINGER MAKES A CLEAR STANCE: YOU CAN'T SO EASILY DEFINE HER

THE SINGER MAKES A CLEAR STANCE: YOU CAN'T SO EASILY DEFINE HER

“This is a song called 'Girl.' I guess it's about getting pissed off at being treated like one.” That’s how Island Records' latest signee Hannah Karydas, aka Eves the Behavior, describes her new track on Twitter. The London-based Australian-born artist has been releasing saccharine-free pop tracks with philosophical leanings since last year. Think of fellow Australasian Lorde and her rightful lambasting of superficiality and status quo.

Karydas sings, “I refuse to be trapped by a name that keeps dragging me down.” But the singer makes it clear that “this is not just about girls. We are more than just pronouns.”

She talks, too, about Joan of Arc, the 15th century French heroine who later became an icon of a certain type of feminism: “I thank Joan for my health / She taught me to respect myself.” The song’s cover art sees a chart—a diary really—of important moments in the artist’s life that clearly contributed to the creation of “Girl.” There are notes about being “gifted Girls Like Us [by Sheila Weller] for Christmas,” having “bought and read Just Kids, the Patti Smith memoir,” and the first time she read I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Prize.

Perhaps the most attractive quality of Eves the Behavior’s work is that its intentions are not so easily understood, and yet the music itself is as accessible as any mainstream hit. While there are certainly plenty of so-called female-empowering tracks hitting the radio waves from the likes of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift, those often center solely on sexual confidence and ex-lovers. Karydas’s message comes closer to, if anything, Ariana Grande’s recent decry of being described as “Big Sean’s ex.” She rejects male dependence with the words, “I never want to be your girl again.”

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