NYC-based songwriter Samia Najimy Finnerty—a.k.a. Samia—is back with Honey, her anticipated follow-up to 2020’s The Baby. Recorded at Sylvan Esso’s studio in North Carolina, Honey is a humorous, vulnerable, and self-reflective collection of songs—all themes introduced on lead single “Kill Her Freak Out,” a piano-driven ballad that’s poignantly honest about jealousy.
“Can I tell you something? / I’ve never felt so unworthy of loving,” Finnerty sings in the chorus. It’s simple yet relentlessly heartfelt, and Finnerty’s vocals are captivating and patient. It’s a soft detour from The Baby, as well as 2021’s The Baby Reimagined, which included reworked versions of her debut songs by artists like The Districts, Field Medic, Bartees Strange, and Palehound.
“I wrote ‘Kill Her Freak Out’ at my loneliest and most delusional,” Samia shared in a press release. “I’d been quieting my true feelings for fear that someone would leave. The chorus is a reaction to constantly downplaying the emotions that felt wrong; it was cathartic to say the opposite of what I’d been saying for so long to this person I was trying to impress. I didn’t want to kill anyone, obviously, I just wanted to yell. It sort of marks the end of The Baby’s story.”
“Kill Her Freak Out” is accompanied by a music video directed by Finnerty and Muriel Margaret, and features Academy Award–nominated actor Lucas Hedges. You can watch that below, and find her winter North American tour dates alongside Maggie Rogers on her website here.