AVIV Navigates Messy Breakups with “Failed English”

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // December 3, 2021

At just 15 years old, AVIV has become one of our favorite DIY pop artists, and for good reason. With a tendency to overanalyze her emotions, AVIV channels all of her creativity into her deeply introspective songwriting. AVIV certainly has an insanely bright future ahead of her, and it’s about time you familiarize yourself with her by way of her charming new single, “Failed English.”

Decorated with wholesome tambourines and terrific bass grooves, “Failed English” is a perfect example of what you can expect from AVIV. Lyrically, this coming-of-age cut revolves around what it’s like to love and hate an ex with a passion. The accompanying visual takes place in a school yard with AVIV and her friends glaring at the camera lens as if it’s her despicable ex.  

On “Failed English,” AVIV explained,

“[‘Failed English’] explores the somewhat nasty feelings which erupted following a breakup and demonization of the individual who broke up with you as a defense mechanism. ‘Failed English’ highlights [the] incongruity of the narrative–detesting your ex while missing them.”

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