Tess Henley has released her powerful new single, “Not In The Mood”, taken from her upcoming EP, Paramount. The new track is a soulful cut filled with dance rhythm, funk synths and Henley’s soulful vocals, which describe her exasperation for a partner she doesn’t have, nor want, the time for. It serves as a poignant reminder that it’s okay to need space.
“Not In The Mood” opens with a subtle house beat and Henley jumping straight into the chorus: “I’m just not in the mood / I’m just not in the mood for you.” Despite the track’s alluring beat and seductive bass line, the song tells an all-too-familiar story of a persistent ex-partner that just won’t take a hint: “And now you’re telling me you like to see me naked / Actin’ like you don’t hear my point of conversation / Give it up, give it up, won’t need your hands participatin’ / You’re better off ‘cause baby I would have to fake it.”
“Not In The Mood” exudes a warmth and fullness unique to the smoothness of Henley’s voice, and the addition of an addictive clap track makes the song feel straight out of a 70’s disco. “Not In The Mood” comes on the heels of Henley’s previous single “Good For Me,” and both tracks demonstrate Henley’s modern take on classic soul music. The song concludes as Henley’s voice fades away crooning, “There’s no other way / To say / I need my space,” a line that perfectly encapsulates her cheeky “so-over-you” attitude.