Premiere: Hedara’s Shiver-Inducing New Song “Frozen”

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British singer/songwriter Hedara’s shiver-inducing song “Frozen” delivers a breathtakingly raw take on a dead-end love affair.
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Every night’s a broken scene, we pull it from our history – it’s hindsight…

Singer/songwriter Hedara’s shiver-inducing new single delivers a breathtakingly raw take on a dead-end love affair. “I can’t count the ways that we f*cked up,” the emerging BRIT School alumna sings, her fragile voice brimming with emotion over mournful acoustics. “And I know, I know, I should know better.”

Despite all the flaws, the heartache and heartbreaks, and for all the seemingly wrong reasons, a couple endures – at least, for the time being. “Frozen” rides a doomed train right up to the bitter end, stopping just before that pivotal stay-or-go decision is made. Musically, it’s a bittersweet lead-up to an even darker climax – a poignant, reflective unveiling that shines a cold light on love’s pain and hardship.

And it’s utterly irresistible.

Frozen - Hedara

Frozen – Hedara

Lying on the floor it’s a cold September
No more drinking or I won’t remember
There’s a taste in the wind,
oh it’s so familiar

Does’t she taste like honey,
does she feel like me?
And I can’t count the ways
that we f*cked up

Thinking oh my god
there’s no more saving us

And I know, I know, I should know better
Pinning all my hopes that you’ll forget her

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Frozen,” Hedara’s third single since she debuted earlier this year. The musical moniker for London artist Scarlet Billham, Hedara unearths raw emotion through equally raw, stripped-down and folk-influenced pop. Whereas she played extensively (and in various ways) with synths and acoustics in her first two songs, Hedara truly marries electronic and acoustic elements into a beautiful co-mingled manifestation that allows “Frozen” to breath with life and shudder with regret.

Streetlights, late nights pulling me closer
But it hung in the air like it might be over
Just cos I can’t fake it doesn’t make me weaker
Does she taste like honey, does she try to please ya?
And I can’t count the ways that we f*cked up
Thinking oh my god there’s no more saving us

And I know, I know, I should know better
Pinning all my hopes that you’ll forget her
You left me frozen, left me frozen
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“Frozen is a very honest view of a relationship that’s fucked or broken,” Hedara tells Atwood Magazine. “The real truth hurts, and this highlights it. It challenges the fact of staying with someone because there once was love, or leaving because love has been lost.”

Following singles “Slow” and “Numb,” “Frozen” is Hedara’s final release in advance of her full debut EP Slow (out at the end of July). While the song so powerfully and vividly captures a relationship at failure’s doorstep, the song also in a way speaks to Scarlet Billham’s personal backstory, and why she embarked on this journey in the first place: Having already graduated from her famous music school and begun playing shows under varias aliases and bands, “it was only after a near-death experience, narrowly escaping a diabetic coma” (according to her agent) that she re-evaluated her life path and set a new musical course for herself — leading eventually to where she is today.

"The real truth hurts, and this highlights it. It challenges the fact of staying with someone because there once was love, or leaving because love has been lost."

“The real truth hurts, and this highlights it. It challenges the fact of staying with someone because there once was love, or leaving because love has been lost.”

As Hedara does so passionately to a relationship in “Frozen,” Billham took stock of herself and her place in the world, and decided to make a change for the better. So, too, do we feel that heavy weight hang down on Hedara’s heart throughout her third single: The reflections in the verse and chorus bring her closer and closer to a breaking point that can so clearly be felt throughout the song, despite the fact that “Frozen” refrains from taking that one last step into oblivion.

Instead, Hedara departs with a sense of yearning and longing, leaving us to stew in her chilling emotional tundra.

“Frozen” is sad and somber – a testament to heartache’s magnitude and depth. Listen to the song exclusively on Atwood Magazine now, and stay tuned for Hedara’s debut EP Slow, out at the end of this month!

‘Cause every night’s a broken scene,
we pull it from our history, it’s hindsight

Pushed it way down underneath
and now you’re right in front
of me and I still feel
And I can’t count the ways that we f*cked up
Thinking oh my god there’s no more saving us

And I know, I know, I should know better
Pinning all my hopes that you’ll forget her
Stream: “Frozen” – Hedara

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com