Album: Bad Liar EP
Producer: Ian Kirkpatrick

Selena is at her best in this stream of paranoid consciousness about trying to want to forget someone who’s too delicious to let go. It’s a theme shared by pop at large right now, but on “Bad Liar” Selena peels off the overdone shades of EDM and lets the existential drama speak for itself. She’s been here before and has done it well (“Hands To Myself,” “Same Old Love,” “Good for You”). On “Bad Liar,” her small vocals and often matter-of-fact delivery speak to something ritual about daily life in a world where we all claim to want to be better but still hoard our vices like Halloween candy. The various Oooo’s are crystalline and her voice, like a sigh, feels not even a millimeter away from the mic and in turn our ears—you could even call this song a lifeworm (ha!). Few tracks captured the actual (versus aspirational) mood of Summer 2017 like the stuttered, “No, no, no, no, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’​” that hurdles the chorus and ultimately the entire song into to a conclusion that's equal parts no chill and too chill: “With my feelings on fire/Guess I’m a bad liar.” —Lauren Jackson