The collaboration between the longtime friends budded when Winston and Hershenow both moved from New York to Los Angeles and started writing together. “Timebomb” was one of the first songs the duo created, taking a year and a half to complete it.
The title is a fitting name for a track that manically toys around with the tempo. The synth-pop song starts out at midtempo, as a kick drum pounds against the electronic flourishes. The first verse inverts expectation — instead of building up to the chorus, the song slows down as Winston’s auto-tuned voice almost feel drowsy. But when the chorus rolls around, the tune transforms into an upbeat banger.
For Hershenow, the dissonance between the dance-inducing groove and the darker lyrical content is a matter of catharsis.
“We were inspired by a sort of collage of individual experiences, but I had recently come out of a particularly dark and heartbroken period of my life and I remember feeling this immense sense of catharsis at being able to put some of that experience into lyrics,” Hershenow tells Billboard. “To me, putting that sadness and frustration over a euphoric, driving dance beat is almost a reminder of my recovery — I’m finally over him, or at least I’ll keep dancing till I forget.”
The lyrics explore the loneliness that sets in when love isn’t enough to salvage a relationship. At the beginning of the song, Winston packs a lot of venom in her enunciation of the lyrics, “Love you’re fucked.”
“Everything about Post Precious has felt really liberating for me,” Winston says. “After a tumultuous few years with being sick and leaving my label, it’s been so incredible working with Max and having a partner who could really understand and relate to where I was at. We caught each other at the perfect time.”
Listen to Post Precious’s “Timebomb” below.