Emmrose Captures 8th Grade Heartbreak In New Single “Dangerous Eyes”

“Don’t take this personally, but I hate you,” – 8th grade doofus

Photo: Shervin Lainez

If there’s anything we remember from 8thgrade math, it’s not integers, absolute values, or irrational numbers – it’s the crush who prevented us from ditching class. Rising NYC artist Emmrose captures her own heartbreak experience with her math crush in her ambient pop single “Dangerous Eyes.” It follows the narrative arc of unrequited love, but with a playful twist where Emmrose invokes both the nostalgia and bittersweet memory of being a hopeless teen romantic. Stream below:

“I was in my 8th grade math class when I started writing this song,” laughed Emmrose, who is currently finishing her sophomore year in high school. “I wrote the chorus and melody in my math class grid notebook. A group of kids were sitting at a table, away from me with this kid that I liked at the time, and he looked at me with this expression that captured how isolated I felt at the time. I wanted so much to be part of that group of kids. Earlier that week I had asked him to have coffee with me, and he replied, ‘Don’t take this personally, but I hate you,’ and just walked away. He never said anything nice, and always left me gasping for breath, thus the lyrics, ‘Hold back that dangerous tongue, that fills the breath of my lungs.'”

“Dangerous Eyes” is from Emmrose upcoming EP Hopeless Romantics, which will be out this summer.