“It’s not the job of an artist to tell the song what it’s about, it’s the job of the song to tell the artist what it’s about,” says queer singer/songwriter morgxn, whose new synth-pop single “bruised” eventually wrote itself.
His producer Larzz Principato already had the instrumental, which was temporarily called “Voodoo”—a title that sparked morgxn’s “witchy” interests. “I remember feeling like I wanted to capture some sort of ecstasy,” he says, reflecting on writing over Principato’s demo. “Something I had trouble letting myself have. I still do.”
The result of their collaboration sees morgxn offering love to those who’ve been cast aside. “We’ve all been used,” he sings above glorious, grinding electronic. “Don’t get confused, baby/ That’s just the truth, baby/ I want you bruised.” At its core, “bruised” is relatable and cathartic, but the single still demands you dance—a winning balance for the burgeoning artist.
Best known for his song “Home,” which has more than 5 million Spotify streams to date, morgxn has become a leading voice in LGBTQ music, which he never expected out of his career. “If I could have had one look at myself now when I was 9, I could have saved myself all the years of searching and running away from myself,” he says. “Because society didn’t give me that lens.”
Through songs like “bruised” and his upcoming tour with fellow pop star Phoebe Ryan, morgxn says he’s “ultimately trying to find my way home, and be a mirror to those who are on a similar journey.”
Listen to the OUT premiere of morgxn’s “bruised,” below.