‘Pay’ a gut-wrenching song from new LA pop singer Ramsey that hits all the right spots
Singer's new album drops later this year
The word intense gets tossed around a lot these days, almost as much as “awesome” or “epic.” That said, though, there’s no better word to describe Ramsey’s newest single, “Pay.”
It’s intense, glossy, and powerful. A song about an abusive ex-lover, it goes for the jugular in all the right ways. The tone of the background instrumentals match the spirit of the lyrics with confident expertise, which if not done well could have nuked the entire song.
The lyrics are brutal and real, “I knew you’d get what you deserve
I’d dream about the day
That you’d face all the lives you hurt
Now it’s you who pays,” she sings in the chorus.
What makes this work are the active verbs such as “escape,” or “watched,” along with the vivid phrases such as “I watched them take you away, I knew you’d get what you deserve.”
Domestic violence is a reality that’s all-too-real for many people so unfortunately this song is one that can strike a chord with people who have gone through something like this in their lives.
Whether or not Ramsey, a 20-year-old who’s only been singing professionally for two years, has gone through this pain in real life matters not because it’s done in a way that makes it impossible not to believe she’s speaking from her own experience.
“Pay” is the first single from an upcoming full EP to be released toward the end of the year. She’ll be performing shows previewing the album up and down the West Coast, also, before then.
What this single does well is whet your appetite for more. Upon hearing it you’re left wondering who is Ramsey? What’s the story behind this song? Why can’t I stop listening to it?