Austrailian Pop Artist Ro Tells Her Truth In Dynamic New Single “To Pretend”

Austrailian Pop Artist Ro Tells Her Truth In Dynamic New Single “To Pretend”

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Australian pop artist and storyteller Ro released her seamless new single, “To Pretend” on November 22nd. A girl who finds truth in fiction, Ro writes her lyrics like the progression of a novel, leading the listener down a recollected path of doubt, confession, and courage. “But I count the freckles on your skin / every detail deepens when we breathe together under covers” paints the moment when she decides that hiding her true self will only lead her farther away from love. In the verses, she fears rejection. The internal struggle releases itself in the catchy and upbeat chorus where her choice to stop faking it and in turn, love herself, is celebrated with champagne and proclamations. “I confess I’m a mess. I have issues to undress. Baby help me express myself again.” 

Ro has easily mastered the observation of the human condition, while playfully pairing it with punchy pop hooks. She’s not shy about sharing the feeling of paralysis that overcomes her when in love. “I wanted to be the Victoria’s Secret model, the clean-shaved dream, posing and pouting in magazines and blockbusters with perfect bodies. I didn’t realise how brainwashed I was,” she says. In “To Pretend” she opens up about the unrealistic expectations put on women’s bodies and how much these expectations have affected her ability to love and be loved. The song flows so flawlessly, weaving in and out of complexes fully instilled by societal standards. The most refreshing thing about this song is that it’s undoubtedly relatable. Ro’s momentum in the music industry is continuously building; in 2019, she completed her first headlining east coast tour and sold out her show in Melbourne. She also released a collaborative single with fellow Australian artist Didirri entitled “Tea Stains”. “To Pretend” precedes her highly anticipated debut EP. Her powerful wordplay and melancholic wit is sure to resonate with listeners worldwide.

Review by: Marilyn Reles

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