Jazmin Bean’s “Terrified” Channels ’90s Britpop into an Anthem of Love’s Breathtaking Beauty

Jazmin Bean © Jamie Lee Culver
Jazmin Bean © Jamie Lee Culver
Brutally honest and breathtakingly vulnerable, Jazmin Bean’s Britpop-esque anthem “Terrified” is a cinematic and smoldering ode to love’s breathtaking beauty: An intimate inner reckoning and a raw embrace of love’s safety, security, and contentment.
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And I’m scowling at the sun while you’re fishing out my smile… and to hold you for forever would be all worth the while…

Love is terrifying.

There’s simply no better way to say it. We often speak of love in extreme terms, and just as well: Love is, admittedly, an extreme experience. It can be painful; it can be brutal; it can be euphoric; it can be heavenly – often, all at once! Nothing comes close to knocking us off-kilter than the depth of that singular, one-of-a-kind connection, and what it does to us inside.

Oh my darling I can’t find the words to say
You scare the shit out of me everyday…

And yet, one thing we don’t touch on nearly enough is how unsettling enduring love can be, especially the first time we feel it grace our lives; how, for those of us who aren’t used to the stability and trust of that kind of relationship, love – for all its sweetness, wonder, and bliss – can be downright frightful.

With blushing cheeks and eyes so circle wide
Heart divine
I find that something’s changing in my tone
And all I want to do is run back home
To you, it’s you

It’s not like swimming, where we slowly wade down from the kiddie pool. Love like this hits hard and fast, consuming us whole; suddenly, we’re in the thick of it – infatuated, enamored, and enraptured. And we’re happy. And we’re settled. And we’re content.

And we’re terrified.

Not just because this is all new to us, but because we never want to go back to the way it once was.

Once you know love, you hold on for dear life.

And I’m terrified, stream running down my leg in sunshine
and I want to tell you how I think you’re oh so sublime
Traumatic Livelihood - Jazmin Bean
Traumatic Livelihood – Jazmin Bean

Brutally honest and breathtakingly vulnerable, Jazmin Bean’s “Terrified” is a cinematic and smoldering alternative anthem to love’s breathtaking beauty. It’s an inner reckoning and a raw embrace all at once – an emotionally charged eruption of ’90s-era Britpop warmth, leaning into that intense smorgasbord of feelings like there’s no tomorrow while candidly confessing to how overwhelming it all is.

Deep in our bones, we know love terrifying. We can even talk about how love is terrifying out loud. And yet, it takes a special voice, like that of Jazmin Bean, to capture the shock, and the true weight, of that terror.

Fittingly released on Friday, October 13 via aswang birthday cake / Interscope Records / Island Records, “Terrified” is the third single taken off multidisciplinary artist Jazmin Bean’s forthcoming debut album Traumatic Livelihood, due out in late February 2024.



Following in the footsteps of this summer’s releases “Piggie” and “Favourite Toy,” “Terrified” channels influences from ’90s alternative rock and Britpop into the 2020s as Bean, age 20, spills their soul through visceral, unfiltered, no-holds-barred lyrics and a dynamic, deeply emotive and instantly memorable vocal performance. Fans of bands like Blur and Oasis especially are sure to fall hard and fast for this melodic and glistening guitar-fueled ode to emotional intoxication.

Bean hits a fever pitch in the song’s intimate and evocative chorus – an soul-stirring climax of all those turbulent emotions they’re feeling within:

And I’m terrified stream running down my leg in sunshine
and I want to tell you how I think you’re oh so sublime
want to have you to myself, but it’s not easy as pie
but to say I’m not terrified would be big f’ing lie
And I’m scowling at the sun while you’re fishing out my smile
And to hold you for forever would be all worth the while
I’ve been killed before but maybe just maybe it’s this time
I could live without being terrified all the f’ing time
Jazmin Bean © Jamie Lee Culver
Jazmin Bean © Jamie Lee Culver



Jazmin Bean describes “Terrified” as their “first content love song.”

“It’s terrifying to write about love as someone who’s grown up with extreme behaviors in relationships that would always send me on an emotional rush,” they tell Atwood Magazine. “The lyrics explain the anxiety of a relationship having no end point and thinking, ‘Oh my god, this might work out.’ I wanted to capture that feeling that I’m finally safe.”

Oh my angel your wings wrap around my neck
It’s so hard to find the grace for me to let
my wounded spirit accept hands so warm, heart adorn
The stars you breath begin to brush my hair
You show me what ur is like to feel care
What it’s like to feel care

It sounds counter-intuitive, but “Terrified” is Bean’s means of coming to terms with a newfound sense of security.

This love isn’t leaving them anytime soon. This love isn’t fleeting, or temporary, or fly-by-night. It’s here to stay – that beautiful truth, which fills the heart with so much warmth, can be utterly and truly terrifying in the very best of ways. Poetic and pained, visceral and vulnerable, Jazmin Bean’s new single has us falling headfirst all over again.

Would that we all could feel so terrified by love.

And I’m terrified, stream running down my leg in sunshine
and I want to tell you how I think you’re oh so sublime
want to have you to myself but it’s not easy as pie
but to say I’m not terrified all the f’ing time
And I’m scowling at the sun while you’re fishing out my smile
And to hold you for forever would be all worth the while
I’ve been killed before but maybe just maybe it’s this time
I could live without being terrified all the f’ing time

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