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Fletcher on her new single 'Bitter': "Sometimes the truth has to hurt"

Fletcher shared her new single 'Bitter' on Friday (Sept. 25), a collaboration with Billboard charting artist Trevor Daniel, produced by DJ/producer Kito (Diplo, Empress Of, Aluna George). 

The track reimagines a standout track from her acclaimed new EP "The S(ex) Tapes," which was “leaked” just two weeks ago hitting No. 1 on iTunes across all genres.

With over 30 million global streams so far, 'Bitter' centers on Fletcher’s sharply detailed lyrics and mesmerizing vocals, and is intensely amplified with the addition of Trevor Daniel, Houston-based singer-songwriter known for his multi-platinum smash 'Falling' and recent single 'Past Life' with Selena Gomez.

In a breakthrough for Fletcher, 'Bitter' marks the first time she’s ever collaborated with a male artist, a decision that goes hand-in-hand with her belief in using her creative output as a means of exploring both herself, her sexuality and the world around her.

“Trevor and I slid into each other’s dms about being fans of one another. He’s such a visionary artist and I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with him.

“Trevor was able to bring a whole new perspective to the song and I guess we’re both still ‘Bitter’ about our exes,” says Fletcher.

“Throughout the video I wanted to explore the themes of masculine and feminine energy in terms of self-discovery. It is about the fear of knowing you need to go out and explore the world and your relationship with yourself, but being afraid that your person will find somebody new in the process. I’ve never understood the saying ‘if you love something, let it go’ until now. That’s life though. It’s petty, it’s ‘Bitter,’ it’s true and sometimes the truth has to hurt.”

The video was written, produced, directed (Brooke James) and edited by a crew of women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The cinematic visual find her in a control room replaying surveillance camera footage of strangers in a hotel who are unaware of their voyeur. Daniel co-stars in the video, alongside Fletcher and model/artist, Mads Paige. Each of the three characters in the 'Bitter' video are seen as their stories overlap while on their own individual journey of exploration, identity, loss and healing. Though loosely inspired by cult classic erotic thriller "Sliver," Fletcher flips the gender script adding a whole new layer of sexual representation, rawness and intrigue to the song’s narrative of emotional recovery and sexual exploration.

An unfiltered look into her world, "The S(ex) Tapes" is a collection of magnetic and moody pop songs about feeling like you‘ve found your forever person before you find yourself and, as a result, needing to uncover the parts of you that remain unknown. Since arriving in September, the EP has earned critical acclaim from outlets like Nylon, who praised the EP as “perfectly messy pop,”) Spin, who noted “there aren’t any rules when it comes to Fletcher’s music,” Paper, who deemed the EP “bawdy and brilliant, a welcome injection of chaos and funk into the pop landscape,” and many more. 

Listen to & stream Fletcher here.

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