The new project ‘Fresh Start’ offers a glimpse into Bailey’s journey towards self-reflection and personal growth, and captivates the listener through her emblematic tracks, allowing them to embark on a path of self-discovery alongside her.
Bailey says, ‘Fresh Start’ is “life, love and the pursuit of confidence, because those are the categories that all the songs fall into.” Bailey describes the collection of candid songs as her method of “getting ahold of myself and starting the rebuild, but finding that it never really ends” and uses her newfound security in her artistic image to show that “every element of this project comes from a place of independence.” Bailey Bryan is ready for a ‘Fresh Start,’ and her optimistic attitude towards growth and acceptance is carried through her newly refined sound and confident persona.
Advanced tracks “play w/ me”, “Don’t Call Me” and self-proclaimed sensitive bad bitch anthem, “Roster” offer heavy beat drops, making the songs a superb pop-R&B blend and ideal for blasting with girlfriends during a night out. The tracks also had viral success on Tik Tok as Bailey has worked up quite a following on the app with nearly 200k fans and often shares empowering videos that imbue confidence in herself and others.
The project then slows down to the guitar-based ballad “Sober,” which compares the anticipation of the end of a relationship with the feeling of being drunk. Unique interludes are woven throughout the project, including a special feature and dedication to the fan who helped her single “play w/ me” go viral on Tik Tok in January 2021 in “Hope’s Interlude (RWTFYA)” as a preface for “play w/ me” as well as the deeply personal “Kitchen Table Interlude” and “Finally Interlude,” both of which only feature Bailey’s stripped vocals and a quiet guitar.
The video shows Bailey cathartically performing the song while escaping both literally in a Maserati and figuratively through self-reflection a toxic presence and reclaiming her confidence.