Alessia Cara’s “Here” Is the Summer Anthem for People Who Hate Summer Anthems
Introverts rejoice – your summer jam has arrived! “Here,” the debut single from 18-year-old songstress Alessia Cara, is a smooth and infectiously catchy anthem for the wallflowers of the world.
“Here” tells the oh-so relatable story of an introvert’s night out. From the reticent willingness to participate in friends’ partying to the constant self-questioning that follows, Alessia Cara’s admittedly autobiographical jam completely captures what it feels like to be the awkward introvert at a crowded bar, club, or house party. “‘Here’ is a true story,” Alessia confesses. “It’s a party song, but really it’s the complete opposite of a party song. It’s absolutely me; it shouts out the person in the corner of the party, looking around uncomfortably. I feel like this song narrates what the wallflower is thinking.”
Not only does the talented teen capture the uncomfortable feeling of wanting to escape a messy night out, Cara also shows a keen sense of mature observation that belies her age. “So pardon my manners, I hope you’ll understand that I’ll be here (ooh) / Not there in the kitchen / With the girl who’s always gossipin’ about her friends / Oh tell them I’ll be here / (Ooh) right next to the boy who’s throwin’ up / ‘Cause he can’t take what’s in his cup no more” recounts Cara, with a pointed annoyance that any reluctant partygoer can fully understand.
It’s not a song mired in self-pity and immature anger, but rather a thoughtfully self-aware admission of the unavoidable, uncomfortable nights that accompany adolescence and young adulthood. The music video for “Here” (above), a beautifully cinematic yet surreal picture of a house party, captures the song’s energy and observational nature perfectly, highlighting scenes that anyone above the age of 16 (or 18, depending on your teen years) will be all-too-familiar with.
While the Canadian singer-songwriter’s anti-social anthem has yet to crack the Billboard Top 100, it has already accumulated nearly 11 million streams on Spotify and is poised to take over the airwaves. Cara’s debut album Know-It-All is slated to drop this September, so “Here” will certainly not be the last we hear from this emerging talent.