Sophie Kilburn takes back her power with indie-pop romper ‘Afterthought’


Today, we’re very please to welcome back Sophie Kilburn to the pages of Unrecorded! The last time that we heard from the British singer-songwriter was with her debut EP, My Room Made Public, which she released back in September.

Her new single ‘Afterthought’ shows an exciting new direction for Kilburn, building on those indie-rock roots and incorporating some alternative pop and undercurrents of folk. It’s almost a soundtrack to a ’90s cult teen film in which the main character realises that she’s been fraternising with a fuckboi all along – it’s happened to the best of us. What’s great about ‘Afterthought’ is that it’s all about reclaiming your power after such an encounter, made all the better with off-kilter beats, grungey guitars and late-80s synth melody.

Here, Kilburn illuminates the deeper meaning behind her new single:

“I wrote Afterthought about dating someone who never thinks about you in their decisions, showing a clear disregard and disrespect to the person they are dating but wouldn’t dare treat their mates that way. They are the ones who can’t help dropping you a What’s app to ‘check in’, expecting you to ‘be mother’ as they drift in and out of your life refueling their confidence. It has nothing to do with bitterness, it is about self-reflection and growth. Time really is a healer and only on reflection do you realise that some people will never change or take responsibility for their actions. I really want people to feel empowered to say, ‘fuck that, if you don’t treat me right, you don’t get to be in my life”. I know that is easier said than done, especially when the heart is involved but I am trying to adopt that as one of my dating mantras for sure.”

You can also listen to ‘Afterthought’ in our Shades of Pop and Outsiders Club playlists.

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