“Moonlight” by Frogi sounds a lot like something my 16-year-old self could day-dream to, and I wish there had been more songs like it when I was young. Take a listen.
“Oh I was dyin’ and wishin’ I could get you back, a desperation so strong no one understands, I started closing my eyes to visit you in my head.”
The drama and the wording of Frogi’s lyrics play into the young and rebellious vibe of this song. I can’t even count how many times I screamed the words, “No one understood me!” to my poor mom. But, in the context of the rest of this song, I don’t think this refrain feels immature.
“I was my father’s daughter, and you turned into a vivid dream.”
We can only guess what Frogi means when she says she’s like her father, but it’s only natural to draw conclusions about who was at fault in this breakup. It takes a real grown-up to admit when you’re wrong, particularly when tensions are running high. These days, our culture sometimes puts too much weight on winning breakups and swiping right. It’s also understandably taboo to admit you still wish you were with your ex.
Frogi takes into her dreams, aided by deep echoing vocals and some well-timed percussion effects (…my ears, unfortunately, can’t decide if it’s snapping or clapping).
“Keep me in the moonlight, coming off the coast, and I hold you close, and I won’t let go.
A fever I was chasin’, your fingers in my laces, a forbidden fruit always tastes the best”
She paints a rather picturesque scene in the chorus full of moonlight on the beach and a long embraces. The infectious beat behind the song is not at all weighed down by the sadness the lyrics carry.
When you boil everything down, this is a song about wanting something you can’t have because you messed up. Those heavy emotions are converted into a soaring fantasy about a secret romance and long walks on the beach. Maybe, Frogi does this because it’s easier to fantasize than move on. Or maybe, it just made for a really fun and sexy song. Either way, this song poses a strong argument for the relevance of bedroom pop in today’s music scene. Bedroom pop gets a bit of a bad rap nowadays, but it’s always been a genre where young women have flocked because they feel represented. With bedroom pop artists like Clario now rising into the mainstream, it’s only natural that more like her will follow. Personally, I’m glad the genre is beginning to flourish in the present. At 16, I would’ve loved more relatable jams to cry on.
To listen to more Frogi, visit her on SoundCloud.
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