Wallice Stops Focusing on Highlight Reels with “23”

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // February 23, 2021

Middle school was full of chaotic energy, but it was the formative years of Wallice’s songwriting career. The 22-year-old has an indie-garage soundscape we haven’t heard much of lately, but we’re glad she’s reviving this timeless approach. Now ready to swing full force into her music, Wallice is back with her grungy new single, “23.”

On “23,” Wallice explained, 

“It’s hard not to compare your own professional success to that of your similarly aged peers. I dropped out of university in New York after studying Jazz Voice for a year, and my dad was VERY disappointed to say the least, so it was hard not to feel like a loser in that sense. When I was younger, my best friend and I would always talk about the cute apartment we would get after high school, but I found myself at 22 still living with my mom and wanting to move out but not able to quite yet.”

A victim of comparing herself to others’ successes, Wallice crafted “23” as a way to stop us from focusing so much on highlight reels and start appreciating our own accomplishments. With a nostalgic essence we can’t get enough of, “23” is drenched in garage rock elements and jangly instrumentals. Directed by Taylor Fitzgerald, the “23” visual showcases Wallice’s highs and lows of turning another year older. 

“The specific age 23 doesn’t have any milestones associated with it, but it’s more the idea of just looking forward to the future. Much like how people ‘reset’ every new year, it’s comparable to be ‘older and wiser’ with each birthday, but instead of constantly looking to the future, it is important to be happy with where you are.”

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