This Week in Posivibes: Wax Idols


Hether Fortune’s latest single premiered this weekend, the first from the upcoming Wax Idols record American Tragic, slated for release this October on Collect Records. The track, “Lonely You,” has been described as “a cathartic breakup song” by The FADER, “liv[ing] in a grim, melodic sweet spot between total bummer and feel-good sing-a-long, with a hook that sounds better suited for fist-pumping post-trauma than wallowing in the thick of it.” Pitchfork enthused about the pivotal change in Fortune’s sound, and the honesty it permits, saying:

As the track builds—swelling from a jangly, diaristic lament into an anthemic roar—Fortune herself (who plays everything here, minus drums) moves from crestfallen to exultant. “I want to push the weight of you away forever,” she sings, guitar and synths gathering steam around her, “Dust to dust, away with you.” Fortune is still very much in control, but the vulnerability on display provides the listener with something that previous Wax Idols records might have denied—an empowering bit of empathy.

Listen to the track below and check out upcoming tour dates via Brooklyn Vegan.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →