“So love me or leave me alone!” Rachel Platten declares on her retro-infused new cut, which EW is thrilled to premiere today.
And while the cut has an upbeat groove, the singer, 36, admits its lyrics were born of a more tense time: “After I released ‘Broken Glass,’ I had a sort of a month-long anxiety attack,” she said via email. “I had spent a year writing songs in a completely safe, creative bubble where I was only focused on what I liked or wanted from the music, and all of a sudden I realized it would have to be judged by the world. It terrified me and it brought up all these fears I thought I had grown out of. ‘Perfect for You’ was born out of that. I wrote it a week before the record was due and it was a humongous scream of, ‘Screw it!’ I am done worrying about what everyone thinks of me. I care too much. I have to stop. I am good enough as I am.”
The song will be available everywhere tomorrow as an instat grat for fans who pre-order Platten’s upcoming LP, Waves, which she officially announced this week, when the pre-order is available Friday. Platten was adamant that the song get as much time to shine as possible. “It is also the very first song on the album,” she says, “and that’s on purpose. I want everyone to hear where I’m at, how exhausted I am trying to please other people, how tired I am of trying to be perfect for everyone else, how much I am owning my art, how much I love what I made and I hope the world does too, but honestly, I’m learning that it doesn’t matter. My job is to make the best art possible, which I think I did. Beyond that, it’s out of my hands.”
As for the rest of the collection, Platten says her aim was to present a full, 360-degree view of womanhood. “I feel like I’ve been mislabeled as hopeful and inspiring and positive all the time and it’s obviously a wonderful compliment but totally not true,” she explains. “I am insecure, and scared a lot, and I can be impatient and irrational, but I’m also fun and impulsive and I love to party and turn outward just as much as I love to meditate and focus inward. We are all beautiful contradictions and I just wanted the album to show me truly. It was easy to do because then my only job was to honor what I was feeling that day and write it.”
She continues: “If it was a day when I felt hopeful and open and connected I’d write that. If I felt super frustrated and angry, that’s where the song went. If I wanted to force the producer and me to drink too much tequila and write a party song that’s what we did that day. It’s just honest I guess.”
“Perfect For You” is streaming above. Waves is due for release Oct. 27.