Sometimes we fall into ruts where we feel little to no emotions. These periods can be traumatic as we attempt to reclaim our extremes; they can also be incredibly eye-opening, as people often wish their feelings away before they are caught in the grips of these spells. Bea Miller makes a valiant attempt at expressing the pain that comes with such dispassionate periods on “feel something,” the second single from her as-of-yet untitled third album. The track is a natural successor to the 6LACK-featuring “it’s not u it’s me,” the singer trying to find the self-love she had post-breakup.
Backed by a hollow trap production that reflects the song’s subject matter, Miller opens candidly about her insecurities, including her ability to love in and out of the sheets. Moving into the pre-chorus, she laments “I don’t wanna die, but I don’t wanna live like this;” half-hearted suicidal ideation is the most difficult part of these ruts, a feeling hard to describe to those unfamiliar with it. Things get kicked up in the chorus while the singer doubles down on her misery, pleading to feel anything to “feel like a person again.” It only gets more depressing from there — she gets jealous of her brokenhearted friends and asks someone to help her escape the state she’s in — but “feel something” sees Miller at her most honest, sharing her pain so plainly it can’t be anything but admirable.