Stepping onto the scene late last year with her shoegaze track “Won’t Ask Why”, Gia McKay has established herself as one-to-watch this year, keeping up the pace with a new song and video, “Movies”.
Moving to the soothing hum of piano and trickling drums, “Movies” is made for the romantic inside of you, as McKay bases her writing on the escapism she feels from on-screen romances, solemnly singing, “I want a love like the one in the movies.”
But not only has McKay managed to achieve a deeply personal sound on this track, she’s made it feel totally current as well – so much so that I can’t help but think as though “Movies” could be the perfect sister track to Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License”.
The video, directed by Karien De Lange, is pretty bare: a simple montage of various shots of McKay in a moody blue light as she belts out the track. If anything, it’s a little too simple, and could maybe have done with some pushed creative flair, but the haunting homage McKay pays to old-school love songs is enough to make this track a poignant one in her fast-growing discography.