Vancouver artist Chersea has been an impressive force since she first bursting onto the scene. With an uncanny ability to pen touching, real life lyrics coupled with her impressive vocal abilities, her debut album, “In Limbo”, is a stand out release for the rising Canadian.
I’m an effort to give listeners a taste of what’s to come, Chersea has recently released one of the lead singles from the project titled, “I Can’t Be You”. Over a minimal yet lush production, she is able to bring a nostalgic vibe that can without a doubt stand the test of time. While Chersea dominates on the vocals, enchanting string pads, orchestral hits and swaying synth chords set the mood. While impressive musically, the underlying storyline and message only helps to further drive the single home.
About the inspiration behind the tune, Chersea offers, “Some relationships are abusive, but not all abuse is physical. My new single, “I Can’t Be You,” explores gas-lighting – the manipulation of someone through psychological means into questioning their own sanity. The affected person views their emotional situation through a distorted lens, and becomes willing to sacrifice their own happiness and health to conform to the flawed perspective. The effect of that sacrifice allows the cycle to continue and in the process, one loses their individuality, as well as their grip of reality. “I Can’t Be You” follows that journey of the victim trying to reconcile his or her own thoughts about the situation. As they begin to discern that it’s not their fault, they realize that their desperation is only a by-product of codependsey. They have been under the illusion that their identity requires outside validation. Acknowledging that they will no longer be the product of their partner’s gas-lighting, helplessness transforms into a proclamation of inner validation: “I can’t be me” becomes “I Can’t Be You.”