words: Sarah Hojsak
There’s something so captivating about songs that have a distinctly unsettling edge that lingers long after you listen—especially when it’s the first track a band releases. That’s the deal with “Feel Okay,” our first taste of Corey Flood’s upcoming debut EP. The Philly four-piece, fronted by Littler bassist Ivy Gray-Klein, will release Wish You Hadn’t next month, but until then, we’re left to soak up the unshakable sounds of the lead single.
A retro-tinged, goth-flavored anthem, “Feel Okay” is hushed yet defiant, slow-burning in its sincerity and anchored by a hauntingly catchy beat. Gray-Klein’s subdued vocals are shrouded and fuzzy, at times just a whisper but not wholly withdrawn--she remains coolly composed while repeating, “Does it feel okay?” It’s the kind of song that is chaotic and precise at the same time, making it impossible to anticipate what’s coming at each lyrical or instrumental turn. And amid all that, one line cuts through the clearest: “Have I always been this out of touch?” It’s seemingly introspective but also feels sardonic, a reminder of the magnetic, cryptic world Corey Flood has created.
Listen below. Wish You Hadn’t is out 2/23 via Fire Talk Records.