Track Review: Supersad // Suki Waterhouse

Credit Jeremy Soma

Suki Waterhouse has released another single from her highly anticipated second album, Memoir of a Sparklemuffin, set to release in early September. Her newest release, ‘Supersad’, is an addictive pop-rock track, once again displaying Waterhouse’s inability to release an average song.

The initially devastating lyrics contrast notably with the upbeat guitar backing, enhanced further by the singer’s spellbinding vocals. The first verse establishes the chaotic, turbulent nature of Waterhouse’s mindset, as she says: “Everything’s going wrong // Tryna reach out but I can’t find my phone”. Her sadness is quickly replaced by determination, as she decides to stop “being so damn scared” and embrace life without fearing rejection or disappointment. The chorus, repeating the line “There’s no point in being supersad”, highlights Waterhouse’s desire to let go of the control she craves over life, as things will always improve. The initially melancholy lyrics turn into a surprisingly optimistic reflection on life as ever-changing and improving.  

The guitars dominate in Waterhouse’s latest release, reflecting the singer’s evolving attitude and positive mindset. The pounding of the drums keeps the song feeling upbeat and cheerful, even when the lyrics are in contradiction. Unlike her other singles, which tend to start off mellow and ramp up when they reach the bridge, ‘Supersad’ maintains its fast-paced drumbeat from the very start, although the guitars only begin to take over in the pre-chorus. Although still distinctly Waterhouse, the altered instrumentals perhaps reflect the slightly different tone present in the song.    

The music video accompanying the song reflects this motif of self-improvement. The video opens with a shot of an advertisement for ‘revolutionizing your life’, followed by a tracking shot of a messy room, and a miserable Waterhouse laying in bed. Waterhouse slowly shifts her perspective as she continues to sing the song, aptly depicted by sparkles cascading down the screen, whilst a fairy godmother version of the singer appears and sings the chorus back to her. The 90s feel of the music video aids Waterhouse’s own musical vision. Waterhouse said about ‘Supersad’: “I tried to write a nineties song you could hear playing at the mall in Clueless or as an opening track for Legally Blonde.” 

Waterhouse’s sophomore album, Memoir of a Sparklemuffin, will be released on September 13. The title is inspired by the oddly-named spider species, ‘Sparklemuffin’, which Waterhouse described as wildly coloured and unpredictable, “a metaphor for the dance of life we’re all in.” 

Words by Emily Nutbean

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