Hannah Diamond’s been out of the limelight for about two years now, but late last week she made her return with a heartbreaking new single, “True.”
The burnished synths that the British artist marshalled in the past for her hyper-artificial, undeniably catchy pop songs are somewhat muted for “True,” which finds Diamond disillusioned and in despair. “No epiphanies / No believe-in-mes / No more chances wasted on nobodies,” she sings. “Every time you lie / You become that guy / There’s no point / There’s no time / Maybe you’ll treat her right.”
The PC Music artist—and labelmate of AG Cook and SOPHIE—has dubbed the song the “ultimate emo HD power ballad.” It’s also a deliberate departure from Diamond’s previous material, specifically the last single she released in 2016: “It’s really about the fantasy of my last single ‘Make Believe’ crumbling before my eyes, and the realization that this thing that I thought was true love really wasn’t what I was projecting it to be in my mind,” she said in a statement.
According to Stereogum, Diamond will return with a new ten-track album titled Reflections next year. Listen to “True” below: