“Can’t love somebody who loves burning bridges…”
Alright, Miss Sigrid is not playing around.
To be fair, it was made abundantly clear upon the release of euphoric disco-pop smash “Mirror” back in May that the 24-year-old Norwegian singer-songwriter was breaking out the big guns for her follow-up to 2019’s Sucker Punch.
A few months later, she’s returned on Wednesday (August 25) – scorched, but not stirred – with “Burning Bridges,” an ode to “the moment of enough is enough.”
“It’s inspired by one of the toughest things I’ve been through. It’s a song that’s about the point where you just have to say in a relationship, ‘you know what, let’s just finish this.’ That moment of enough is enough, and you need a clean break,” she explains.
The song first premiered as our Illuminati Label Puppet Sell-Out Queen Charli XCX‘s “Hottest Record in the World” pick via Future Sounds with Charli XCX on BBC Radio 1 – and you know what? Charlotte did not lie.
The assured anthem’s an instant pop earworm, clocking in at just under the 3-minute mark, making it an epic by today’s attention-starved standards. It goes off in all the right ways, armed with a chant-along chorus, synths and delicious strings.
It’s an effective bop lyrically too, filled with succinct cautionary advice (“You cry, they don’t / That’s how you know“), providing all the right relationship advice amid red flags aplenty: “You gotta let them go, before you go down with them.” And she’s absolutely right!
There’s also some excellent pop howling throughout, especially towards the very end – you know, just to really get that message across. Between this and “Mirror,” Sigrid’s making sure that we’re heading deeper into this New Normal™ as emotionally healthy and stable as humanly possible.
Self-love and self-preservation are truly the themes of 2021, ladies – and we’ve got some fantastic pop tunes already to demonstrate how it’s done.