Singer-songwriter gnash has become an unofficial voice for the lonely and uncomfortable throughout his career, with contemplative tunes like “the broken hearts club” and his hit with Olivia O’Brien, “i hate u, i love u.” His newest single, “dear insecurity,” follows the same, all too relatable theme.
With the help of Ben Abraham’s raw vocals and gnash’s characteristic stripped-down sound, the crooner writes a letter to his insecurities, asking them to go away so he can “be proud of who I am.”
He even references Alessia Cara’s smash single, “Scars to Your Beautiful,” in an interesting intertwining of self-love advocates, musing, “It’s not about mistakes you made or failures that you had/?It’s all about the memories and little things you have/Your freckles and flaws to your body and bruises/Your scars to your beautiful, ?birth marks/The truth is we’re one in the same.”
gnash admitted that such a powerful message was no easy task to put into words. “It took me eight months to get the verses right and it drove me to grow through my own long overdue battle with mental health,” he said of the single. “I could sense I needed to wholeheartedly relate to the message that lives in the song before I gave it to the world.”
Listen to “dear insecurity” below, and catch gnash perform the song live at Billboard’s Hot 100 Music Festival, which takes over Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on August 18 & 19. Find tickets to the star studded fest here.