‘Shortly after the release of her mixtape One Foot in Front of the Other, Griff is back with her latest track One Night, a catchy single that proves why she is one of pop music’s biggest talents’
The singer-songwriter and producer – whose real name is Sarah Griffiths – was crowned this year’s Rising Star at the Brit Awards and at just twenty years old is one of the youngest recipients of the coveted award. Griff is sure to follow in the footsteps of the award’s previous winners (Celeste, Sam Fender, and Jorja Smith, Adele, and James Bay to name a few) who have all experienced massive success since taking home the award.
Of the track, Griff said “One Night is about feeling like you’re always carrying this darkness or burden,”, a theme that’s presented in the song’s music video in which Griff dances alongside a Peter Pan-esque shadowy version of herself. “I think in the daytime we can feel distracted because we’re around people and we’re busy, but that moment between going to bed and falling asleep, there’s just enough silence for those burdens to get louder. Essentially this song is trying to understand why I can’t shake it, and the chorus comes to this breaking point of desperately wanting at least ‘One Night’ alone,” she explained.
Despite the track’s upbeat sound, Griff gets sombre as she discusses the breaking point she reached when she felt unable to shake her troubles. Griff’s lyrics, on this track and in the rest of her discography too, are brilliantly poignant. One Nightseems like the perfect song to soundtrack the last eighteen months.
It’s not just the lyrics that are brilliant either. The tune’s production from Lostboy is exceptional, especially the head bop-inducing drum track and groovy bass line that run throughout, and Griff’s vocals are gorgeous too.
Already, the track was made BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record and has amassed over 1.5 million streams on Spotify alone less than a week after its release. It’s clear that One Night is a winner.
Words: Ellie Croston