Wallice's "23" Captures Anxiety of Growing Up

Quick Thoughts: Wallice turned heads back in October with her debut single, Punching Bag. Impressing with her witty lyrics, smooth indie sound, and impassioned vocals, she began to stand out as a name to watch on the indie scene. Her second single, 23, released today, shows that the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter isn’t slowing down any time soon. With her electric guitar wailing behind her, Wallice grapples with the monotony of pandemic life and how life seems to have stalled. She opens the track singing, “In my childhood bedroom, and I’m so bored of 22 / Same old nothing every day, too old to be a runaway.”

The 22 year-old is stuck in limbo, caught simultaneously between wanting to go back in time to when she was younger and wanting to turn 23 and move on with her life. And throughout the entire song, she constantly acknowledges this inner conflict, at one moment singing, “And tell me what is wrong with me, I miss my Ohio fake ID / Maybe I’ll get married soon, and buy a house with three bedrooms.” For an artist with only two tracks on streaming services, Wallice is a remarkably polished songwriter, with the sound to match. She is a special artist. Stream on Spotify:

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