Today’s Song: Emily Vaughn’s “Better Off” is Better on Repeat

Aggressive breakup tunes are undeniably addictive. They are unapologetic and freeing, and ultimately make coping with heartache that much easier. But who says every breakup needs to involve heartache? 20-year-old indie pop newbie Emily Vaughn certainly doesn’t think it should. Her latest single, “Better Off,” gives listeners the opportunity to feel empowered — and even happy — about leaving their significant other.

There’s no escapin’ the way you’re makin’ me feel.
You say you love me,
How come it never seems real?
Listen: “Better Off” – Emily Vaughn


Similar to pop titans (and breakup song pros) Taylor Swift and JoJo, Emily Vaughn shows in “Better Off” that she is ready to move on. Vaughn’s scathing breakup is painted with a smile, while her angelic falsetto proves her to be a pop force to be reckoned with. It’s the type of song you’d blast at full-volume while driving in your car with your best friends, windows down as you sing into a water bottle-microphone with your middle fingers raised high.

Though this song proves Vaughn to be a pop powerhouse, she hasn’t really been on the music scene too long at all. Her first and only other single, “Hollow,” dropped in January of this year and has since racked up over 37,000+ plays on SoundCloud. “Hollow” is indie pop/electronica perfection; an entrancing, haunting, and beautiful glimpse at the young muse and her inimitable potential.

“Better Off” is a beautiful example of a relationship that was once so genuine, but has ultimately soured. The narrator simply can’t put up with it anymore, so they decide that it’s time to leave. Vaughn croons from the heart, making the song that much more addictive and enticing.

So hard to say that we might be better off
Moving on without each other.
You won’t admit that we might be better off,
Because if you’re gone, I’ll find another…

Emily Vaughn // Source: Twitter

Emily Vaughn // Source: Twitter

With siren-like vocals and a catchy backing track, Vaughn and “Better Off” formulate a tune like no other. Sure, you’ve heard breakup songs before, but certainly none like this. A beautiful blend of echoed vocals, punctuating drum beats and a soft, augmented piano, “Better Off” is equal parts vivacious and sobering: A delicious dichotomy of effervescence and indifference that create a track like no other.

Maybe we should just give up and start our moving on,
Makes me think that we’ve been growing apart all along…

The track is a wistful reminder that love and loss do not need to be fawned over, and can be a satisfying and ultimately liberating experience. Emily Vaughn provides a voice for those who don’t know what to say or how to say it, and she does it perfectly. She has distinctively and notably planted herself in the indie pop world, and it seems safe to assume that she is one to watch.

Emily Vaughn may still be incredibly new to the music scene, but it doesn’t seem like it will be difficult for her to establish herself quickly. What’s she’s produced thus far has proven her unrivaled talents and worth in the music scene, and one can only hope that she will continue to push herself that much further as her music progresses.

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Get “Better Off” on iTunes or listen on Spotify and SoundCloud

Watch: “Better Off” – Emily Vaughn

“Better Off” – Emily Vaughn

lyrics

Baby, I’ve been holdin’ on to you
Lately I’ve been runnin’ from the truth
But when I’m with you

There’s no escapin’ the way you’re makin’ me feel
You say you love me
How come it never seems real?
All the excuses
They keep me here by your side
I’ll always love you

So hard to say that we might be better off
Moving on without each other
You won’t admit that we might be better off
Because if you’re gone I’ll find another
We might be better off
We might be better off
We might be better off
We might be better off

Catch myself looking back to the start
Thread by thread we slowly fell apart
Just like back then

There’s no escapin’ the way you’re makin’ me feel
You say you love me
How come it never seems real?
All the excuses
They keep me here by your side
I’ll always love you

So hard to say that we might be better off
Moving on without each other
You won’t admit that we might be better off
Because if you’re gone I’ll find another
We might be better off
We might be better off
We might be better off
We might be

Maybe we should just give up and start on moving on
Makes me think that we’ve been growing apart all along
Maybe we, maybe we’re better, better, better off
Even so, I’ll always love you

I just can’t say that we might be better off
Moving on without each other
You won’t admit that we might be better off
Because if you’re gone I’ll find another
We might be better off
We might be better off
We might be better off
We might be

Maggie McHale

Maggie is the Chief Music Director for Atwood Magazine, currently living in Philadelphia. She also works as a Digital Marketer for Fame House, a Philly-based Universal Music Group subsidiary. She is heavily involved in the arts and music scene in the City of Brotherly Love, often enjoying (and even preferring) going to concerts and museums alone; just generally loving and exploring the city that she calls home. A self-proclaimed “hug enthusiast” and dog lover, Maggie also enjoys fashion, travel, the paranormal, and drinking way too much coffee. In addition to writing for Atwood, she freelances and contributes to JUMP Magazine. (Fun fact-She also once slow-danced with Boyz II Men in Las Vegas.)