Charli XCX Stays Up Till “5 In the Morning”

Charli XCX Stays Up Till “5 In the Morning”

And on her new single, that's not as much fun as it may seem.

And on her new single, that's not as much fun as it may seem.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Charli XCX should just be considered the queen of partying at this point, at least in the music sphere. Not only is she a proud expert on the subject (as displayed on her Instagram stories), her songs about it are always a notch above the typical party fare, distilling the relationships and emotions that come with the territory into punchy pop choruses and melodies that are drilled into your head after one half-listen (the best kind). The futuristic PC Music production she took on for her latest mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop2, and the glorious Vroom Vroom EP, provides the best soundtrack for these thoughts. And as her latest single proves, when partying takes a dark turn, that soundscape is almost even more fitting.

Charli surprised the world by releasing "5 In the Morning", fittingly, very early in the morning. She's been previewing the song during her opening set at Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour, and even live in a vast stadium, the pounding bass and slow-churning, vibrating synths made a huge impression. But on record, the song reveals its more vulnerable elements. Charli delivers a confident bravado across the track, another thing she has absolutely mastered by now, but the downward spiral production and lines like "Won't you stick around for the comedown?" tell a much darker story.

Oftentimes, partying is a front, a coping mechanism, an escape from what's really going on. And while "5 In the Morning" doesn't explicitly say or celebrate that,  it subtly embraces the sadness within, and with that, it says all we need to know. And boy do we relate. Listen below.

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