Pop artist Leanna Firestone has picked up a lot of traction over the past year due to the app TikTok. She has been creating music for quite some time, but on Jan. 20, Firestone released her newest EP titled “Public Displays of Affection,” sharing her feelings as she goes through love and heartbreak.
This five-track EP shares some of Firestone’s strongest music. I have been on the artist’s support train for a long time, and she has released a few of my favorite tracks to date, but nothing can compare to her recent release.
“Public Displays of Affection” opens up with the track “You Just Didn’t Like Me That Much.” This is all about falling in love with someone who simply doesn’t have the same feelings toward you.
“You didn’t try to hurt me on purpose / But I thought you wanted to attempt and ruin my life,” Firestone sings, bringing us into what she is going through. It’s as if we are being placed in her exact situation.
One thing that makes Firestone stand out amongst other artists is her lyricism. No matter where you are in life, listening to her music with such beautiful and descriptive lyrics, you find yourself picturing yourself in her position. She narrates through her music perfectly.
“People say that opposites attract / And that the opposite of love’s indifference” are standout lyrics on “Public Displays of Affection.” It flawlessly conveys her feelings on a heartbreaking situation.
Another standout track from this release is “God and the Government,” which is about not believing in marriage but finding someone who changes that all for you – being in love so passionately, you’ll do anything to be with that person.
Firestone goes into how she would change everything about herself just to be with the one she loves.
“You know that if you ask / I’d take out my lip ring / I’d remove my tats for your American dream,” Firestone sings.
After that line, you hear the buzzing of a tattoo gun, which helps narrate the song and really captures what she is singing about. Something I always love in music are sounds the artist adds to really help capture their vision to a T.
Another line, “I’ll say I love you in front of God and the government,” is a play on how with (traditional) marriage, you commit yourself to your partner in front of God, but you also have a boatload of legal paperwork to fill out. All of this is done just to marry the one you love the most in this world.
As she conveys these messages through her music, Firestone’s voice is so soft it will send a wave of chills over the listener’s body. She does a great job of grabbing her listeners’ attention between her elegant vocals and hard-hitting lyrics.
All in all, “Public Displays of Affection” brings the listener through love and even heartbreak. Firestone is an artist everyone should be keeping their eyes on. She brings nothing short of the best with whatever she does, and for such a young artist, her music is incredible.