London’s new queen of off-beat pop music, Griff, has dropped her first new song since the release of her debut EP/mixtape One Foot in Front of the Other with the new single ‘One Night’.
I recall being very fond of the mixtape’s title track, and there’s nothing I like more than a really good pop song. More than anything else, a good pop songwriter knows their way around a killer hook. Something that’s bound to bounce around your head for hours, days, or even weeks at a time. Ideally, you should get mad at a song for being so catchy. You’ve got to love a song so much that you hate it. Griff, as it happens, is really good at this particular aspect of songwriting.
The chorus for one night is one big earworm, with all the other elements of the song revolving around it like it has a gravitational pull. The meditations on loneliness and regret all drop away as the chorus explodes in joyous exuberance. Lyrically, it’s a sad song, but you’d never be able to tell unless you pay close attention. The “midnight hours” referenced don’t sound suffocating; they sound lively.
“‘One Night’ is about feeling like you’re always carrying this darkness or burden,” Griff explains in a press release. “I think in the daytime we can feel distracted because we’re around people and we’re busy, but that moment between going to bed and falling asleep, there’s just enough silence for those burdens to get louder. Essentially this song is trying to understand why I can’t shake it, and the chorus comes to this breaking point of desperately wanting at least ‘One Night’ alone.”
Just as the song builds all of its sounds to a crescendo, it drops away in its final chorus. In less than three minutes, Griff makes her statement and leaves before you can get sick of it. That’s a tremendous skill unto itself. In an age where pop music can be stuffed to the gills and extended to excruciating length, Griff embraces the idea of getting out of her own way. It works, just as it had on One Foot in Front of the Other.
Check out the audio for ‘One Night’ down below.