HAWA: “IPHONE”

HAWA: “IPHONE”

The love HAWA explores in her music is messy, carnal, and risky. In her newest single, “IPHONE,” it might be unrequited as well. “IPHONE” opens with delicate piano and guitar strums—soothing production that disguises the anxiety of her pleas. “I just wanna know if you’ll be all mine/I can take it slow, I don’t really mind,” she croons.

The New York-based HAWA has said that her character in “IPHONE” is trying to be the best partner she can, but a close listen tells a more complicated story. Hawa spends the second verse boasting about her lover’s public devotion, but there’s little suggestion of what she has to offer in return. “You say you’re sick of all the lies/I don’t know why I keep on lying,” she sings at one point. While introspection may be the first step to change, there’s no indication that she will follow through. When Hawa receives a phone call as the song closes, it’s easy to imagine a critical lover on the other end of the line. “Fuck,” HAWA finally mutters, as though realizing that pretty songs and shallow promises can’t mend a broken heart.

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