Californian pop-prowess and self-taught producer Chelsea Collins has returned with her heartbroken anthem “WISH U HELL,” an angst-ridden, atmospheric offering that sees Collins embarking into the world of pop-rock with a sense of rebellion and her newfound IDGAF attitude. The innovative production, brought to life by both Collins herself and Nicki Adamsson (Charli XCX, Tove Lo) feels familiar yet fresh, combining elements that defined the early 2000s sound with a modern twist. Highlighted by grungy, distorted electric guitar and the songstress’ powerful vocal hooks, Collins’ unapologetically resentful lyricism is instantly relatable, especially for anyone undergoing a chaotic breakup. Co-written alongside brother Nico Collins, Lilian Caputo and Skylar Mones (Dua Lipa, Kesha), the cinematic offering tells the story of a girl who is reclaiming her power after a toxic separation.
The single is released alongside a ritualistic music video directed by Los Angeles based creative Ben Allen. Viewers see Collins battling through her pain, surrounded by animal-masked figures performing cult-like acts. Her animal posse accompanies her in an effort to keep the dark thoughts away, sacrificing the toxicity that once controlled her as she finally decides to set herself free.
“I started to feel angst I haven’t felt since high school and wanted to gear [the single] towards everyone who has done me wrong the past two years,” explains Collins. “I can definitely be a pushover sometimes, and writing a petty song like “WISH U HELL” made me feel like I was taking my power back and using my voice.”