Aaron Kowal dances around his fear of commitment on his captivating new single Phobia — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
“I first had the idea for Phobia back in 2019,” the Winnipeg electro-pop singer-songwriter says. “I knew I wanted to write a song that addressed anxiety, particularly the social anxiety I’ve experienced throughout my life. I wanted to make it personal, but still keep it dancey, edgy and a bit cheeky. Musically, the sounds of this track are meant to evoke a sense of alarm and panic, while lyrically, the ‘phobia’ in question is a metaphorical fear of commitment.
“Phobia is the first in a string of singles slated for release in 2021 that address this central theme of fear and/or uncertainty in relationships. But I wanted to release this song now because its content reaches well beyond my own anxieties and those of my generation, and connects with the widespread isolation, insecurity and vulnerability that people are facing today as a result of this pandemic. As the lyrics go: ‘You can try to love me but I’ll be just out of reach … I got a phobia of your love.’ ”
Boasting a musical ability that blends passionate and creative songwriting with a seductive, mysterious, devil-may-care attitude, Kowal has entered the stage with a smirk and a flourish, determined to earn his place on your playlist no matter what the cost. His latest EP Good Sins, Bad Decisions is a collection of songs Aaron describes as a sinister yet fun approach to his own self-discovery and personal growth, highlighting how some of the most worthwhile things in life can be the result of risk-taking or seemingly bad choices with dangerous consequences.