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Gracie Abrams unlocks her new album “THE SECRET OF US”

Gracie Abrams introduces the release of album coming June 21st with new single and music video
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Cover of Gracie Abrams’ new album cover “The Secret of Us” announced to release June 21.

On Monday, April 29, singer songwriter Gracie Abrams announces the release of album “SECRET OF US” with a music video of new single “Risk” coming out May 1st.

The cover shot by photographer Abby Waisler pictures Abrams solely looking away from the camera with mixed emotions not specifically expressed. Big words written in bolded cursive state “The Secret of Us”.

In Abrams’s new single, her conversational lyric style is once again shown through her passionate vocals. “Risk” describes Abrams’s obsessive crush over a stranger and emphasizes the intense emotion of love while recognizing its absurdness. She acknowledges their flaws but counters it with her curiosity in risking her sanity for love. The lyrics “Hopelessly boring without you/ Too soon to tell you I love you” reveals her consuming compulsion with someone she just met.

Music video produced by Audrey Hobert; the storyline follows Abrams anxiously stalking her crush in the darkness of her neighborhood. She then wakes up frantically in her bed with the light on. Close up shots of used items in her room represent the stress of the messy situation she is in. The music intensifies and so does the emotions as Abrams gets dressed while pouring a glass of wine to drink. The next shot of Abrams acknowledging the fourth wall while nervously contemplating opening the door. Symbolically it represents Abrams weighing the risk of seeing who she loves. Walking out in the darkness, an unknown man’s frame appears, and Abrams desperately chases him just to find her in the same bed with the light on that she started in.

She expressively rubs her makeup off, gulps the last bit of her wine, and undresses into monotone clothing. Angerly marching down the dark street, she sees the man enter his house and Abrams follows. She walks into a birthday party while blowing out the candles and smashing the cake. She aggressively crushes the party’s food, chugs the drinks, and destroys the decoration. Close shots depict people’s fear of Abrams’ destructive behavior. She breaks down on the floor passionately expressing her overwhelming love. All of a sudden, Abrams feels a sense of awareness in her ridicoulness and runs to a room. But after seeing a couple comfort each other, she finds her passion back and leaves the room with energy. The party kicks her out to the dark street and Abrams sees her lover again. Changed, she runs the opposite way.

Abrams is well-known for her expressive lyrics in songs seen in her hits “I miss you, I’m sorry” and “Mess it up”. With her new single, she has set the stage for yet another hit album. For girls that scream their love-issues to music, we are counting down the days to June 21st for new material.

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Sophie Le
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Sophie Le is a sophomore at Robinson, and a Staff Writer for Knight Writers. This is her first year on staff. Le joined journalism because she wanted to gain more writing experience. "I wanted to practice writing more, and I feel like this is a great opportunity to practice every week and write stories about things I like,” she said. Her goals for this year include many things involving social media and photography. "I wanted to practice writing and explore other areas of journalism." Le said. When not in class, Le is the Vice President of Congre, Social Media Manager of Knightmare and the secretary of Book Club. She chose these clubs because she wanted to be an active part of the school through the things she enjoys. "I chose French when I went to IB, book club because I love to read, I love seeing different genres and different books, and then Knightmare because I love school spirit and going to football games,” she said. Outside of school, Le's favorite extracurriculars are playing tennis, either on Robinson's varsity girl's team or on her club team, helping sew at her grandmother's alteration shop, along with shopping and thrifting. These help her calm down when stressed with her busy schedule, she explains how she enjoys making outfits. "I love shopping and thrifting, because it's my favorite hobby. It's so fun, I love putting together outfits." Le said. Le says she would like to continue in journalism throughout high school, with hopes of writing about current fashion. "I would love to write about fashion; I think definitely in the future that could be an interest." Le said. (Profile by Ryan Rolle)
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