Fever

by Tatum

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TATUM’s second single “Fever” likens being in a toxic relationship to an act of self-destruction that’s doomed to fail.


Riding high off the success of her debut single “Broken”, TATUM’s second single “Fever” sees her come out of 2020’s gate swinging, expertly reinforcing the singer’s unique alternative pop edge, ahead of the release of her debut EP.
The song’s melodic minimalism allows TATUM’s superb, shadowy vocal to stand at the forefront, while her weighty lyrics talk about the anguishing ambivalence of being in love with someone who is wholly destructive on every level.
The “Divine Wind” she references is a metaphor for the unhealthy union which is doomed to end in pain and suffering.
“This song is about letting the wrong person into your life, about loving someone who is dangerous. Intense love can feel like a fever, but a fever is usually a sign of a deeper infection. It’s ultimately a kind of ruinous attraction. It talks about being sucked into a noxious relationship but because it looks so beautiful and the attraction is so powerful, it becomes an almost poetic and beautiful one way ticket to failure,” TATUM confesses when asked about the meaning behind her poignant ballad.
After online tastemaker support from Earmilk, Record of The Day, CLASH and Indie London at the end of 2019, TATUM’s recent signing to Primary Talent International, a live music booking agency, with one of the finest rosters of contemporary artists in Europe, can only bode well for her future.
There’s a subtle sophistication to TATUM that underpins every choice she’s made, musically and aesthetically, so far, one that belies her teenage years and one that will continue to unfurl as she matures

lyrics

“Fever”

Lost kids
On a lost highway
Living the words
Of a blues song
I know we won’t
get it wrong this time
Let’s ride the divine wind

Beauty is too painful
And I hate you
For the things that you have
Changed forever in me
Changed forever in me
Silence did the killing
And I hate you
For the things that you have
Changed forever in me
Changed forever in me

How did you get in
Hold me closer
When that bad wind
Blows through my soul
Feels like a fever

Standing
Facing roads
Wild thoughts
Drive through me

What’s all of this for?
I keep asking
No answer

Silence did the killing
And I hate you
For the things that you have
Changed forever in me
Changed forever in me
Beauty is too painful
And I hate you
For the things that you have
Changed forever in me
Changed forever in me

How did you get in
Hold me closer
When that bad wind
Blows through my soul
Feels like a fever

How do I wake up
When it all goes black
When that bad wind
Blows through my soul
Feels like a fever

credits

released February 28, 2020
℗ Bad Future 2019
© Musica Publishing 2019
Written by: Mia Van Wyk, Paul Gala & Tatum Strydom
Mixed, Arranged and Produced by: Paul Gala
Assistant Engineer: Daniel Pawson
Recorded and Mixed at: Bad Future Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mastered by: Jacob van der Westhuizen
Vocals and vocal harmonies: Tatum Strydom
Synths, Beats and Machines: Paul Gala

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