Anxiety is wild. It can push you into frantic spurts of ambition or send you into an apocalyptic spiral. Fortunately, there are artists who can translate anxious and awkward panics into a breezy pop song, building a space for others to understand or even accept these tumultuous feelings. The new single "All the Time and Everywhere" from Stockholm-based rockers Girl Scout distills routine mental pressure into amiable '90s alt-rock lilt. "All the time it feels like I'm burning in a freak fire / Oh, and it makes me want to do better / Oh, I wish I could feel better," goes the first verse as guitars rev up alongside piano trickles and Emma Jansson's urgent vocal coos.
"This song is about anxiety following you around like a stray dog", Jansson explained. "I wrote this during a period of my life when I was constantly feeling nervous, and being around people I didn’t know made me feel vulnerable and uncomfortable. The feeling turns into an extension of yourself that you wish you could sever from your body. In the end I guess you’re forced to make peace with it and just deal with life sometimes being an uncomfortable thing."
Watch the video for "All the Time and Everywhere" below.