Few artists have risen through the ranks like Canadian teen icon Tate McRae has during a worldwide shut down. Going back to basics, she penned a slew of hits from the comfort of her bedroom – she debuted “you broke me first” as a stripped YouTube release and it has since racked up over 300M streams – and since things have eased up a little up north, she’s out there laying down a whole lot more.
Ahead of her Jimmy Kimmel appearance on October 21st, she unveiled her recent collaboration with fellow Canadian platinum chart-topper Ali Gatie for a R&B tinged ode to all the liars out there, really.
It’s hardly petty though – and that’s where McRae’s strength lies. She’s a 17-year-old burgeoning pop star, textbook teen with a dream, and every track she releases is as unexpectedly genuine as the last. She channels a sneaky maturity into everything she does – right down to the dance numbers which sparked her creative passion – and it’s quite something to watch.
“Lie To Me” packs a punch with a polished visual shot in the emptiness of the Calgary Central Library. McRae cuts shapes through the expansive architecture as a circling camera only lends to the illusion of vast negative space within the confines of the building. Ali Gatie enters to drop some bars, bringing a decided almost hip-hop feel to the languid, thudding production of McRae’s particular strain of alt-pop.