The best compliment I can think of for Bekah Bossard’s debut is that it’s perfect for Heartstopper season 2. Coming from her own experience of coming out as queer, What You Wanted is her unfiltered thoughts throughout this period. A storm rages on in her mind with a cacophony of rejections from friends and loved ones, along with her inner dialogue questioning whether she made the right choice by coming out. She soon let go of that fear, unashamedly embracing her own sexuality and identity, rather than being who everyone else wanted her to be. This is why she wrote this debut, to help people who feel alone in their journey that they are fully loved, and there’s an army of people who’ll want to know them.

Perfectly blending her aerie vocals, reminiscent of Patti Smith, and knack for heartfelt storytelling, this single is an open letter that will pull at your heartstrings. The California-born & Exeter-raised musician slots into the middle of earnest folk driven storytelling and raw alternative passion, leading to a beautiful saudade track. Pain transcends onto you, but the underlying message of hope helps lift you up, rising like a phoenix from the ashes.