One of the one-offs that you might have missed in 2021 was Veronica Everheart's smart, seething breakup anthem "sour," which starts off coy and coiled then unfurls into a no-bullshit cri du coeur in which Everheart asks, "Why do I have to apologize for something that you did?" and declares, "Love won't save me, that's for sure." The Phoenix-based singer-songwriter followed "sour" with another heartbreak bruiser called "antiquity," which, in her words, is about "someone who was just there, like lukewarm coffee still in the pot." And now Everheart returns with "time and time again," yet another slyly annoyed indie rock number about giving too much to someone who doesn't give enough in return—or, as Everheart sings in the track, "Giving 110 percent / Clinging to the edge of my rope."
"'time and time again' was written a couple of summers ago," says Everheart. "I was going through a challenging period of healing, feeling staggered, trapped, and apathetic to the pattern of emotional upheaval I was in (fitting, considering this song was written off a guitar loop). I wrote 'time and time again' to reflect on those slow-seeming moments. Since revisiting this song last year in a different headspace, I pushed myself to try something different with the production, giving the song a new perspective," she adds. "I hope listeners hear that new outlook; progress is still being made, even when you can't see it."
"time and time again" is out February 2. You can pre-save it here.