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Premiere: "Shades" by Emily McLean - By jschiewe - June 1, 2017 - SF Weekly
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Premiere: “Shades” by Emily McLean

Letting go of things can be hard. Ending a chapter in your life, quitting your job, breaking-up with a partner — it can all be rather daunting.

In “Shades,” the first single off Emily McLean’s upcoming EP of the same name, the Bay Area singer muses about the fears of initiating change in her life, cooing contemplative lines about what it means to be alone and if it’s even worth it.

The accompanying music video for the silky, R&B-meets-pop song shows McLean wandering forlornly through an empty house, at times defying gravity and floating around as if she were in space.

McLean, who wrote the song four years ago, says she was inspired by Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, which she had recently read.

“I was terrified by the idea that I’d end up like Miss Havisham,” she says. “During that time, I was in the process of letting a lot of stuff go in my life, and, at times, I really thought I would never be able to.”