Caity Baser unleashes irresistibly-catchy new song Leave Me Alone: First Listen
Truly one of 2023's breakout talents, Caity Baser's having quite the year. Fresh off the back of her first-ever Top 40 smash Pretty Boys, debut EP Thanks For Nothing, See You Never, a headline tour and collaborations with Sigala and Mae Muller and Joel Corry, Caity returns this week with Leave Me Alone.
A tale of a former love interest refusing to let go, Leave Me Alone sees Caity navigate the mixed messages that all too often ensue after an acrimonious split.
And, hey - if anyone can tell 'em where to stick it, it's Caity.
In typically-quirky, no-filter style, the not-so-radio-friendly-edit of the track begins with a sharp-tongued but playful 'f**k off.' The tone's been set within the first two seconds.
"Why you texting me if you say you're not interested? Why you pulling up to my house to get in my bed?," Caity asks. "None of this is making sense, always had your back but now you're stabbing mine instead..."
Obvious - if a little lazy - comparisons could be drawn to debut album era Lily Allen or 2007 Kate Nash here. But, truthfully, nobody's doing it quite like Caity in 2023. Very much in her own lane, and further cementing her inimitable artistry with every new release, Caity's fast establishing herself as the voice of the 2020s adolescent; fears, frustrations, flaws and all.
"Leave me alone, 'cause I don't wanna talk any more, don't wanna wake up to your clothes sat on my bedroom floor. Oh no, you like it how it was all before, that was then, this is now, wow! Leave me alone."
Chatting about the track, Caity says: "I wrote Leave Me Alone about this boy that I was seeing. And then after we stopped seeing each other I was like 'fine, we're not seeing each other anymore,' but then he was still bugging me and calling me and bothering me all the time on nights out, trying to get in my Ubers home and I was saying 'no, no, no, sir! I don't want that!'.
"Then he would tell me all these sweet, sweet nothings and make promises filled with love but actually meant nothing and then I'd say 'I don't even care if you don't mean it just leave me alone.'
"And so this song is about that one person that will not leave you alone - that is grinding your gears, making you sick to your stomach and you don't want to say anything so you just say: 'leave me alone!'"
Caity Baser's Leave Me Alone is released June 14 via Universal Music.