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Kae Astra Celebrates Letting Go With "Grow" (premiere)

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Dream pop's Kae Astra shares her latest single "Grow". "Through suffering, we deepen our well of empathy and experience in life," she says.

"Grow" is Kae Astra's new single from the Fortune EP, due 1 November via Modern Outsider.

Reminiscent of Hall & Oates' "One on One" (in the tune's earliest measures), the track is remarkably uplifting and soulful, buoying the listener from deep emotional depths to a sense of resolve. Though one will likely find comparisons to contemporary artists such as Beach House and Grimes, classic artists such as Kate Bush are never far from memory when listening to the song weave its emotional tapestry.

The singer says, "This song is about consciously choosing personal growth over continuing to be hurt by someone or something. At the core of the song, it's about forgiveness.

A therapist once told me, as I sat crying in her office, my tears absorbing into her floor, 'life is suffering'. She kept repeating it over and over throughout or sessions because I didn't want to accept the notion that life wasn't 'fair' and that bad things really do happen to good people. I wanted to hold onto the pain because these wounds ran deep, and I wanted some kind of justice to resolve the situation. Once I finally accepted that we all have our own life experiences and sometimes there's just a choice to let go, there is no understanding why.

"Through suffering, we deepen our well of empathy and experience in life. That allows us to open up to our highest potential in life. We become whole when we heal our deepest wounds.

"We cannot expect someone else to take the actions we think we deserve. We could wait an entire lifetime without living our full potential because we need external validation to heal. By instead forgiving and healing ourselves, we, in turn, heal the situation and 'grow' into a life we could not have ever imagined prior."

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