Originally from New Jersey, Morgan made the move to Los Angeles in July of 2021 excited to see where her music career will take her. Known for her tongue-in-cheek lyrics and pop-sensible melodies, she draws her inspiration from diverse influences. From Adele to Julia Michaels to Led Zeppelin, Morgan seamlessly forges the gap between pop/rock and soul in an accessible, authentic way. Her relocation has led to a flood of inspiration, so expect a lot more from this up-and-coming artist in the next year.
The “high of the lows” never sounded so good. Written during the quarantine period last year, Morgan’s sentiments are still all too relatable today. Her struggle with loneliness and isolation are brought to life beautifully within her lyrics, and the emotion in her voice is undeniable. While the single appears to be about simply drunk texting an ex, “Old Habits” really dives a bit deeper, referencing perfectionism, regret, and the rush of it all. But when taking a closer look at the lyrics and taking in the heart-wrenching vocals of Keller, this song will hit closer to home than originally thought. While for some this might be an ideal song about an ex, I like to look at it as the end of an era in which I deserved better. It’s about the moment you know you have to leave a situation but you can’t because it feels familiar, and even though you get hurt it’s still better because you can navigate it and deal with it. But soon the realization that you have to close the chapter hits and you start to accept it.
This single ushers in what Morgan refers to as her own “Reputation era”, a pop-rock moment that her voice was made for. Her range keeps the song dynamic, and the production makes it extra groovy. Not to mention the crunchy guitars appeal to the angsty teenager in all of us.
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Review by Anissa Steijns