Charlie Houston’s “Comfortable” Is an Ode to Life and Death

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // June 24, 2022

With her recent glistening feature on an ODESZA track, Charlie Houston is bound to have a fantastic 2022. The 22-year-old has created her own version of R&B-inspired pop that is incredibly relatable for listeners of all ages. If you haven’t already, we invite you to indulge in Houston’s stripped down new single, “Comfortable.”

What we’d describe as minimalist bedroom pop, “Comfortable” is made of moody rhythm guitars and charming keys that pair well with Houston’s soothing vocals. Houston isn’t the first person to fear death by any means, but she’s the only artist we know of who’s managed to present this juxtaposition of life and death so perfectly. The biggest takeaway from this utterly stunning cut is to live life in whichever way you choose so long as you can look back with content.

On “Comfortable,” Charlie Houston explained,

“‘Comfortable’ is about my anxiety toward the idea of dying. The fact that one day everything just stops and you no longer exist doesn’t seem possible to me. I wrote the song about how this fear causes me to feel pressure to live the best life possible, but then the anxiety of dying gives me is also so crippling at times that I don’t want to do anything and then I feel like I’m failing at living the best life.”

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