“I don’t know why I get so sad”: Alex Porat’s Intimate & Achingly Vulnerable “Sensitive”

Alex Porat © Patrick Ryder
Alex Porat © Patrick Ryder
Toronto singer/songwriter Alex Porat unveils her own intimate inner reckoning in “Sensitive,” an achingly vulnerable song dwelling in the raw depths of self.
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I’ve always known how much the small things could affect me; I just had a really hard time admitting it up until now.

Sometimes it’s easier to lie to ourselves than to admit a hard truth, but we can’t avoid our problems forever: Sooner or later, the truth comes out, and we come face to face with reality. It can hurt in the moment, but there’s something empowering about recognizing things head on and moving past them. Alex Porat unveils her own intimate inner reckoning in “Sensitive,” an achingly vulnerable song dwelling in raw depths of self.

As painful as this song may have been for her to write and record, Porat shines stronger than ever now.

Sensitive - Alex Porat
Sensitive – Alex Porat
I don’t know why, I don’t know why
I’m thinking maybe I’m emotionally cursed
And I’m leaving parties before I get my feelings hurt
I always thought that I was just an extrovert
I guess not
I don’t know why I get so sad
When the smallest things can
always push me off the edge

Now I’m freaking out maybe that’s just in my head
I wonder if I’ll be this was until I’m dead
I hope not

Released May 27, 2022, “Sensitive” is Alex Porat’s stirring second single of the year. A singular indie/alt-pop artist with an irresistibly intimate and finely polished sound, Porat has established herself as an up-and-coming force not only in her local music scene in Toronto, but in the greater global community as well: After spending a decade posting cover songs to YouTube (and attracting a massive fanbase in the process), Porat leapt into her own artistry with 2020’s debut EP bad at breakups. She has since dazzled and enchanted on every successive release, with Atwood Magazine‘s Kelsey Fitzgerald praising the “purposeful lyricism atop beat driven and funky instrumentation” that characterize her carefully crafted, exceptionally executed material that often “highlight[s] the trials and truths of relationships.”

“Sensitive” arrives on the heels of her radiant song “Pity Party,” the direct follow-up to her lauded debut mini-album Miss Sick World, released in early October 2021. Reviewing the track upon its release, Atwood praised Porat for delivering an unapologetic anthem of emotional and physical release that sees her cutting out the toxins and moving on with her life: “‘Pity Party’ continues Porat’s journey onwards and upwards as an undeniable lyricist, vocalist, and songwriter, harnessing her innate flare for the dramatic with a story that defiantly and emphatically rejects another kind of drama.”

Alex Porat's “Pity Party” Is an Unapologetic Anthem of Release & Self-Empowerment

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“Sensitive” harnesses a different kind of light, dazzling with an inner glow and the seductive pulse of a driving bass guitar and tempered drums. Atop this instrumentation, Porat soars – her voice a hypnotic beacon channeling her vulnerable confessions into captivating, cathartic, and deeply moving energy. The chorus is her ultimate moment of truth as she comes face to face with her naturally sensitive disposition, accepting the parts of her core identity that she cannot change.

I can’t, with myself
Wish that I knew how to let it go
I hate that I’m so sensitive all the time
I can’t say what’s on my mind
even though I always try
I just wanna cry
I’m so sensitive all the time
Feelings keep me up at night
Wonder what it would be like
To not be so f-ing sensitive

“I’ve always known how much the small things could affect me; I just had a really hard time admitting it up until now,” Porat tells Atwood Magazine. “I had always tried to live life with thick skin while putting on a brave face, but sometimes the emotions are completely out of my control and I can’t help but cry. Even when it feels like the world is falling apart around me, I just have to remind myself that the feeling will go away.”

“I definitely cry a lot and I let my emotions take control of me,” she adds. “My default is reading into situations, taking a lot of things personally, and constantly overthinking. I make my own life harder than it needs to be, and that’s the whole concept behind ‘Sensitive.’ Sometimes I’m convinced it’s a secret super power, being able to pick up on all the little things, but sometimes those little things are all it takes to bring me down.”

Alex Porat © Patrick Ryder
Alex Porat © Patrick Ryder



I had always tried to live life with thick skin while putting on a brave face, but sometimes the emotions are completely out of my control and I can’t help but cry.

I don’t know how how to be fine
Everyone just lives there life so easily
‘cause everyone seems stronger than I’ll ever be
but I’ll always want the things that aren’t meant for me
And that sucks
I can’t, with myself
Wish that I knew how to let it go
I hate that I’m so sensitive all the time
I can’t say what’s on my mind
Even though I always try
I just wanna cry
I’m so sensitive all the time
Feelings keep me up at night
Wonder what it would be like
To not be so f-ing sensitive

Porat may not fully resolve her complex feelings about being a sensitive person, but she’s now admitted it to herself and she’s starting to work through it. There’s no mistaking the sheer levels of introspective depth she reaches in “Sensitive”: She peels herself back layer by layer in this unapologetic journey, embracing her emotional scars and sharing this deeply personal side of herself with listeners far and wide. Already one of the indie pop world’s brightest talents, Alex Porat never ceases to astonish, amaze, and leave us with a twinkle in our eyes and a fire in our hearts.

I can’t, with myself
Wish that I knew how to let it go
I hate that I’m so sensitive all the time
I can’t say what’s on my mind
Even though I always try
I just wanna cry
I’m so sensitive all the time
Feelings keep me up at night
Wonder what it would be like
To not be so f-ing sensitive

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