Alt-Pop Artist X. ARI Breaks Down and Builds Herself Back Up on "Break Point"
Baring your soul is hard in any medium. It’s terrifying to get really real about things that matter and things that are personal, but art is catharsis, and creative confessions are important because they give a voice to those who don’t feel like they can speak up.
For Toronto-born, LA-based artist X. ARI, she’s both the voice and the vehicle. A vocal advocate for mental health support, she’s frequently used her platform as a musician to talk about her own struggles. What’s especially remarkable is that she’s managed to touch heart-heavy topics by embedding them in vibrant electro-pop bangers. Time and time again, X. ARI releases anthems that deserve top-volume, top-chart attention.
Hear what X. ARI had to say about her newest single below.
A few days ago, X. ARI released her latest single, “Break Point,” a punchy anthem addressing the gradual build-up of a breakdown she endured last year. Disguised among the throbbing alt-pop arrangement is her profound story; the raw narrative of mental health’s slippery collapse.
“Break Point” opens with a searing, electric synth buzz before the first massive slap of percussion hits, marking the introduction of X. ARI’s raspy voice. She sings — ache apparent — atop that heavy cacophony until the arrangement drops out for her breathy falsetto and a tender piano line. It’s a beautiful moment allowing X. ARI the softness and the space to tell her story — and then it’s cut smoothly by the return of a smashing electro-pop eruption slicing and stomping its way in between X. ARI’s emotional delivery. For three minutes, we weave in and out of an edgy anthem dotted with sweetness, much like the unexpected trajectory a mental health breakdown might take. “Break Point” is a dynamite example of how music can be cathartic, like when a tough subject is made palatable by pulsing pop bangers.
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