bülow press photo outside wearing a red hat.

bülow releases a dashing alternative-pop tune, entitled, “First Place”

bülow is a multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. Not too long ago, she released a dashing alternative-pop tune, entitled, “First Place,” via Republic Records and Universal Music Canada.

bülow – “First Place” single

“I’m tryna be mean, but you keep pushing me while I’m dozing out watching re-runs on the screen. Why you always hit me up when I’m tryna eat? What if I did that? So you feel I owe you? I don’t even know you, I don’t even want to. Put yourself in my shoes, what if I did that to you? We were never friends in the first place. So, why you tryna be my friend now?” – lyrics

‘First Place’ tells an intriguing tale about a young woman who doesn’t care about being friends with an individual who she considers to be fake and phony. Apparently, she isn’t cool with this person anymore because the person only reaches out when it is convenient for them to do so. Later, she admits that if this person tries to hit her phone up, the call will go straight to voicemail.

‘First Place’ contains a problematic-friendship narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies. The likable tune possesses melodic instrumentation flavored with an alternative-pop aroma. Furthermore, “First Place” finds bülow giving a nod to her roots as a busker on the streets of London by incorporating an airy guitar riff and unshakable organic beat. Also, the song picks up where she left off on last year’s Frank Ocean cover, entitled, “Lost.”

“We were never friends in the first place, so why you tryna be my friend now?”

bülow press photo outside wearing a red hat (blurry).

“It’s about somebody who wants your attention but isn’t very genuine. Since we weren’t friends, why do you care today? I definitely went through this experience with a couple of people who only reached out when it was convenient for them. Quarantine was a big light to see who was actually in my life for the right reasons and who care about what was going on. Sonically, it pushed me in the direction I’m headed.” –  bülow explained

After racking up just shy of half-a-billion streams, bülow has learned to trust her gut when it comes to music. The songstress infuses alternative-pop with clever observations, personal confessions, and boundary-breaking spirit underpinned by live instrumentation. Spending the first eight years of her life in Germany, she moved to England with her family and started busking by the time she turned eleven. She has lived everywhere from Holland to Toronto and channeled a musical wanderlust into her songwriting.

Along the way, she dropped three Eps—Damaged Vol. 1 [2017], Damaged Vol. 2 [2018], Crystalline [2019], and The Contender [2019]. Also, she has collaborated with everyone from Ty Dolla $ign and Mura Masa to Fall Out Boy and MadeInTYO. Not to mention, she graced the bills of festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Osheaga, and even shined on NBC’s The Today Show.

“First Place” single

bülow's “First Place” single cover art.

As the world slipped into quarantine during 2020, she settled in Holland and musically turned back the clock. Nodding to favorites from her parent’s record collection, she re-embraced formative influences including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, and The Shins. Creative freedom defines her forthcoming new music, kicked off by the guitar-driven “First Place.”

We recommend adding bülow’s “First Place” single to your favorite playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment, and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E).

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