Cruel Youth, the artist project of singer-songwriter Teddy Sinclair (fka Natalia Kills), has shared a new single “Portrait Of A Female“, prior to its release this Friday via all digital platforms.
Teddy says of the track: “For a while now I’ve wanted to make a song that pushes that “‘Phil Spector meets Brian Wilson” warm-buzzy-banging-audacious feel to the maximum. In my obsession deep-diving into some of the best songs by the Ronnettes and the Supremes (and all their peers of the time), I noticed the joy and desperation of the lyrics feeling more true to me now than ever before. But in examining the lyrics, I couldn’t help but notice how most of them would not pass in today’s times. These were songs that by today’s standards might be considered an anti-feminist message… And yet when I sing along to them at karaoke I too feel hopeless, helpless, and the despair of being alone without the one, or unrequited and left to my own devices in this world. Does that make me “a puppet of the patriarchy”? Does that make me “a scourge on the equality we have fought so long to have”? Or does that just make me honest about how I sometimes really do feel? You decide…”
Listen to “Portrait Of A Female” below: