Heartbreak can be crushing, but sometimes it helps to feel all of that hurt. That's the stance Arkansas-born singer/songwriter Kelsey Lamb takes on her new single ‘Let It Break’, which is premiering exclusively with Holler. She doesn’t want any kind of solace or advice; instead, she wants to let her heart feel the truth. Listen below.
“Let it crumble to the ground, I don’t care/ I want to soak in the pain and disappear,” she sings against bright acoustic guitar. The soft, anthemic-leaning song captures the soaring pain of heartbreak, but rather than try to overcome that sorrow, Lamb gives the moment its due. When something really hurts, there's a certain kind of comfort in acknowledging it - mourning it - rather than moving on so quickly.
"I brought this idea into our writing session after my best friend had her heartbroken”, Lamb said in a statement. “I had just gone back to Little Rock to see her, and we talked for hours about how everyone else was trying to tell her how to feel and how to move on... and I even caught myself doing that. That night made me remember what it feels like to have your heart broken, and to feel like you have a certain amount of time to be sad and then you have to move on. So, I wrote a song about it, and I think it's really special".
Lamb originally wrote ‘Let It Break’ in 2019 with Taylor Goyette and Jean Nolan, but she kept it in her "back pocket", as she explains, because it felt so honest. It wasn’t until she played a portion of it on TikTok that she saw how much fans connected with it.
"My favorite thing about this song is how 'in the moment' it is", she said. "It puts you in that moment of complete heartbreak, before you are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel...the moment when you feel completely shattered and don't want to hear anyone tell you that 'you can do better' or 'he's the worst'”.
Even though the song focuses particularly on heartache, Lamb said the song isn't just for anyone going through a breakup. "I actually listen to this song when I'm having a bad day to remind myself that it's okay to feel broken sometimes", she said.
Earlier this year, Lamb released two singles, 'When I Remember You' and 'Come Here to Talk'. The singer, who also acts and has appeared in several Hallmark movies such as Christmas in Homestead and Traces, released her self-titled debut EP in 2019. It featured the hit ‘Girl at the Bar’.
Photography by Chrissy Nix