I talked to Koren Grace about her new EP, growth and vulnerability through music (and therapy), and shedding fake friends.
Koren Grace’s single “Ego” came out in 2018, but in May of this year, she posted a TikTok with the song as the sound. That video now has 5.4 million views and counting. And there’s much more to Koren where that came from.
On November 6th, Koren released her second EP, “All My Friends.” The EP contains four songs, including “My World,” released earlier this year, and “Lovesick,” released in 2019. The past year has made Koren reflect inwardly as well as on her relationships – and it shows through every song in this project.
“I just went through a really long year of friendships that were on and off and all over the place and I was writing about those experiences,” Koren explained. “I thought that this would be a cool project.”
The title track, "All My Friends," expresses what we’re all thinking after this year flipped our social lives upside down. When you could only see your friends from the other side of a screen for months, you learned who would stay up on Facetime with you on particularly rough nights and who would leave you on read.
The first time I listened to “All My Friends,” the lyric “all my friends I had last year are gone, but you know that I still see them,” made me immediately stop to think. Koren said that line is her favorite from the song, too.
“That song [All My Friends] is a long rant. I kept saying to myself ‘all my friends I had last year are gone.’ For two weeks straight the only thing that would play in my mind was ‘all my friends I had last year are gone.’ Like, that’s so embarrassing. And I still see all those people.”
Koren told me an all too relatable story of one ex-friend who helped inspire "All My Friends."
The friend had stopped communicating with Koren until they ran into each other one day at a bar. The friend was polite, but sitting at the bar alone, she insisted she had "just been really busy." At that moment, Koren knew the friendship had come to an end.
“I was like, oh okay friendship is over. Got it," Koren said.
Amen, girl. This is your sign not to be that friend. And if you’re lacking the motivation to socialize with people who aren’t worth your time lately, let Koren’s EP be proof you aren’t alone. “I like people, I think they’re cool, but I try to be more intentional about where the friendship is going to go,” Koren said.