GRAE Shares Brilliant Ode to Obsession ‘Permanent Maniac’
Infectiously joyous, Permanent Maniac is the ultimate ‘stan’ anthem for anyone who has ever worshipped at the feet of artists.
Nothing feels more authentic than dancing around your room daydreaming about the idols who serve as inspiration as we see in the video for GRAE’s new single, Permanent Maniac. In GRAE’s case, her obsession came in the form of The Cure’s Robert Smith. Her fandom love comes across in lyrics like ‘But it’s “Just Like Heaven” / Dreaming of this man / Taking up space in my brain’ but unless you knew the inspiration behind them, Permanent Maniac could be applied to anyone harbouring a secret crush. Airy synths are grounded with buoyant percussion and rich bass. This strong foundation sets the stage for GRAE’s breathy, effortlessly cool vocals to shine.
GRAE elaborated on the song, saying:
‘Permanent Manic’ is a love letter to Robert Smith from The Cure. I’ve had a real obsession with him since I was a teenager and even went through a phase where I did my makeup like him and dressed like him. The Cure’s music hits me in a way like nothing else has, and I’m so inspired by Robert, his sound, his writing. This song is about how I love him, and he’ll never know. ‘Permanent Maniac’ is definitely the vibe I’ve been trying so hard to create for a long time. So, thank you once again, Robert Smith (if you’re reading this, I love you).
About the video, co-directors Iris Kim & Priya Howlader added:
‘Permanent Maniac’ is a coming-of-age music video that shows the all-consuming result of having a crush. GRAE paces around her cozy room, restless, to somehow get the feelings out into words but struggles in the songwriting process. It’s a slow build-up until she finally succeeds during her epic guitar solo where we see her rocking out, unapologetically.
Permanent Maniac is the title track of her new 6-track EP available now.