Mckenna Grace is back with a new EP, “Autumn Leaves,” and it’s a genuine, heartfelt dive into the realms of love, loss, and the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Released through Photo Finish Records, this 5-track EP, featuring the notable song “Catch Me,” isn’t just a playlist of tunes but a personal letter from Mckenna to anyone navigating through the turbulent emotions that adolescence often brings.
Turning seventeen, Mckenna has crafted an EP that feels like flipping through a deeply personal diary, guiding us through the highs and lows of first loves and the subsequent heartbreak that can follow. “Autumn Leaves” metaphorically walks us through a forest of feelings, where the once bright and hopeful leaves of love, similar to the promises of spring, eventually fall, leaving behind memories and lessons learned. However, the EP doesn’t linger in sadness but finds comfort in the cyclical nature of seasons and emotions, offering a hopeful message amidst the melancholy.
In her own words, Mckenna shares, “This EP is about my first heartbreak, the first time I thought I was in love. Though looking back now it was quite silly, I still felt all those things and my way to process through a hurtful silence was to write.” She reflects on the pain of ghosting, the confusion of lacking closure, and the autumnal melancholy, all channeled into her music. “This is for anyone who’s experienced any kind of heartbreak, ghosting, love, silence, sad Fall, anyone who’s still waiting for closure, who holds onto things/memories for far too long, or anyone who doesn’t know what to do with that couples Halloween costume now haha. I hope you like this music I’ve been waiting to share for a while now.”
The melancholic “Catch Me” showcases Mckenna’s evolving lyrical prowess and vulnerability, marking a significant progression from her previous EP “Bittersweet Sixteen,” which brought us hits like “Ugly Crier,” “Checkered Vans,” and “Post Party Trauma.” That EP, released earlier in 2023, demonstrated Mckenna’s ability to blend catchy melodies with emotionally resonant lyrics, a trend that continues and deepens with “Autumn Leaves.”
With over 67 million streams, Mckenna Grace continues to captivate fans and gain industry recognition, securing spots on key playlists like Spotify’s New Music Friday, Amazon’s Breakthrough Pop, and Pandora’s Mellow Pop. Her talent and authenticity have not only captured listeners’ hearts but also earned her features in various online profiles, including Teen Vogue, People, NME, DORK, and Paste Magazines.
In addition to her musical journey, Mckenna is set to reprise her starring role in the sequel to the 2021 box-office hit “Ghostbusters Afterlife” slated for release in March 2024.
“Autumn Leaves” is not merely an EP; it’s a melodic journey through the complexities of young love, heartbreak, and self-discovery, wrapped in the comforting, melancholic embrace of fall. Mckenna Grace, through her music, assures listeners that while heartbreak may be a universal experience, it is also a passage to understanding, healing, and ultimately, growth.
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