Dark synth pop textures, intimate desperate vocals, and cut to the bone lyrics define TONIE’s latest single about the complexities of depression.
Growing up, TONIE was never taught how to validate their mental health. Struggles with depression were seen as something to shrug off and overcome through one’s willpower.
However, as TONIE got older they realized that seeking help through therapy and antidepressants are a sign of strength not weakness. This single is about working through their fears of how seeking help will change them as a person: “will I act different around my friends?/will things get better?”
Through “if i took a pill”, TONIE hopes to open up the conversation and humanize the experience of seeking mental health resources.
TONIE is doing their very best to make you cry, in all the best ways
Their music is deeply autobiographical, taking on topics such as love and heartbreak, struggles with depression, and queer contemplations. TONIE wraps challenging conversations in luscious synths, driving guitars, and dynamic vocals that invites listeners to love themselves fully and bask in their feels.
The LA-native writes and produces each synth-pop track from the comfort of their skylit home studio in Brooklyn, NY — a perfect backdrop for the emotional vulnerability that colors their lyrics. Proudly Vietnamese American, nonbinary, and themselves!