New Girl (Finneas song)
|Picture of a girl behind a pink glass, posing for the camera.|
|Single by Finneas|
|Released||August 12, 2016|
|Finneas singles chronology|
|2019 re-issue cover|
2019 re-issue cover
"New Girl" is a song by American singer-songwriter Finneas. It was released for digital download and streaming as a standalone single on August 12, 2016 and was re-released on February 4, 2019 by OYOY. A piano-driven ballad, the song's lyrics are about a man being obsessed with a dangerous woman.
An accompanying music video for the track was uploaded to Finneas' YouTube channel on February 4, 2019 and was directed by Emma Sydney Menzies. In the critically acclaimed clip, Finneas goes from meeting an unknown woman to wanting to be around her all the time.
Background and composition
"New Girl" was written and solely produced by Finneas. It was released for digital download and streaming through his record label OYOY on August 12, 2016 and was later re-released on February 4, 2019. In an interview with Atwood Magazine, Finneas explains that "New Girl", "I’m in Love Without" and "Break My Heart Again" were "all these songs that from the moment I started writing them to the time I recorded them it was a short period of time because I usually get obsessed with things like that and normally whatever else I had planned for that day goes out the window, if I feel like I have an idea I have to finish". A piano-driven ballad, Its lyrics describe Finneas having a dangerously intense passion for a woman. In the chorus, Finneas sings: "I wanna scratch your surface/ I wanna feel your groove/ I wanna be your needle/ I wanna lick your wound/You wanna play with fire/Stick and poke tattoo/You wanna play, my new girl/I wanna play with you." Alissa Arunarsirakul of Ones to Watch noted that "New Girl" is "intensely bluesy" in its instrumentation and the vocals are "seductive".
An accompanying music video for "New Girl" was uploaded to Finneas' YouTube channel on February 4, 2019 and was directed by Emma Sydney Menzies. The video shows Finneas pursuing an intimate relationship with a woman who is played by Yasmine Vega. In the opening scene, Finneas is seen sitting on a porch as a woman in a car pulls up next to him. With a surprised look on his face, he walks up to the car and enters it as she quickly drives off. Throughout the visual, the two do many activities together such as sipping coffee during a breakfast date and dancing in an abandoned warehouse. At the end of the video, the woman lures Finneas into the desert dressed in all black, red boots and red lipstick, as she hits him over the head with a shovel. She is revealed to be femme fatale. Finneas continues to sing as he lies on the concrete with a bloody nose. Shelby Reitman of Billboard called the visual "dark" and "seductive".
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|Various||February 4, 2019||Digital download|streaming||
- Reitman, Shelby (February 4, 2019). "Finneas Drops Sultry 'New Girl' Music Video". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
- "New Girl by Finneas on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
- Arunarsirakul, Alissa (February 4, 2019). "Finneas Introduces Us to His Unpredictable "New Girl" in Sultry Music Video". Ones to Watch. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- Almedia, Nicole (April 27, 2018). "Wholehearted Obsession: A Conversation with Finneas". Atwood Magazine. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
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