Lia Flannery’s “66 Back to Jersey” finds intensity in bare-bones production

Lia Flannery‘s new track, “66 Back to Jersey,” premiering today on HighClouds, is released via YaYa Records.

A 21-year-old songwriter based in Boston, Lia Flannery makes the sort of piercing indie rock that has come to soundtrack the lives of many Gen-Zers. Flannery‘s songs rely heavily on candid and relatable lyricism accompanied by bare-bones instrumentation, their arrangements drowned out by droning guitar chords. There are traces of Soccer Mommy and Clairo in her melodies, while her words bring to mind the landmark coming-of-age experiences recurrent through Lucy Dacus‘s work.

Her new single, “66 Back To Jersey”, is a perfect example of this. Essentially a song about growing up and moving on, it paints a familiar picture: a young woman sitting on a bus waiting for it to take her home. As its author says, the song “finds beauty in the parts of home you carry wherever you go, and mourns the parts you’ve lost along the way. It feels like a first love, an old friend, a childhood bedroom, and new start. Scary, exciting, lonely, and a bit familiar.”

The raw production favours the off-kilter chord progression that tentatively carries the melody. The core of the song is just Flannery‘s voice and her guitar, effectively exacerbating the loneliness hinted at by the lyrics. However, the chorus is resolved with a hopeful hook (“wake me up when they stop at my street”) as potent musically as it is lyrically. Listen via Spotify and Apple Music below.