The fourth single from Sleater-Kinney’s upcoming album The Center Won’t Hold has released along with a lyric video in the form of “Can I Go On.”
Throughout the song, a woman expresses anger and distress over today’s culture, particularly in reference to news and technology. According to a statement by vocalist Carrie Brownstein, the woman’s dread ventures further.
“In this song, a woman’s desire is used against her, so she turns it into a sinister infectiousness. The narrator finds herself on the brink of self-annihilation, grappling with the paradox of an internal darkness at odds with the pressure to outwardly perform modes of joy, relatability, and likability.”
The Center Won’t Hold drops Aug. 16.
LISTEN and WATCH the lyric video for “Can I Go On” below: