One of Quayle’s most self-searching releases, the singer-songwriter delves into a decade — time she calls “The Lost Years” — spent hiding her true self, acquiescing to people’s demands and keeping quiet. She details the waves of losses that were the result of that striving, including loss of friends, body positivity, a lover and ultimately, self-respect. Here, as her voice is filled with pain and regret, she reckons with the losses and lessons learned the hard way, and lets the hurt linger, with no concrete resolve. “The Lost Years” seemingly marks the beginning of an album’s worth of truth-telling stories, as the lead single from her upcoming album, On the Edge, out Nov. 4.
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