For as long as horror fiction has existed, the genre has been a wellspring of allegories for everyday human behavior, often inviting new interpretations throughout the decades as our culture changes. Case in point: on her new single “Dracula,” Julia Wolf uses the titular character’s inability to perceive himself in mirrors as a metaphor for the obliviousness of certain modern antisocial behavior. “Spending most of my youth on the bleachers really gave me the time to observe and learn how to read a room,” the songwriter shares. “In being the quiet person in the room, you really get to see the lines people are willing to cross to get what they want.”
Explaining how she made the connection to the classic horror story, she continues: “As someone who is a diehard horror fan I wanted to use our beloved Dracula, the vampire who can’t see his own reflection, as a way to call out people who throw the most shade while hiding behind closed doors or phones” Julia continues. “People get so two-faced and think they’ve fooled everyone around them when really the spotlight couldn’t be shining down any brighter.”
Weaving in elements of pop and R&B, the wearily upbeat single arrives ahead of Wolf’s debut album Good Thing We Stayed, which is slated for release on January 13 ahead of her Gothic Babe Tendencies Tour. Check out the track below, and browse those tour dates here.