The visual captures a lonely Ronnie Watts in his bedroom, lamenting a budding but distant relationship. She clings to her phone waiting for a text as purple hues fill the intimate living space. Throughout the visual there are poppy animations that reinforce her introspection with a teenage attitude from the Aughts era that still remains familiar. The sincerity of this long-distance romance is undeniable, as evidenced by Ronnie Watts’ energetic delivery towards the highest point of the trail. She jumps into her room just before picking up her keys for another drive.
The track itself centers on Watts’ inner dialogue on an overnight commute in New York City. She explores the sting of unrequited feelings and mixed signals that leave your head spinning and your heart confused. She explains, “The song really stood out to me when I wrote the lyrics ‘things are prettier from further away’. Especially with social media it is very easy to romanticize people and make them up to be what you want. Everything looks a lot prettier when people only see the surface of your life, not the cracks below. “
In a world filled with songs of lost love, Watts offers a new perspective on love that was never lost, but love was never given. The hollow piano and upbeat strings bring out the same passionate lyrics as its previous versions as Watts washes a wave of nostalgia on listeners through his self-produced instrumentation.
“Car ride home” comes after Ronnie’s debut EP “I Don’t Trust U At All”. The project garnered over 2 million streams and praise from American songwriter EUPHORIA. Pop Justice, EARMILK, Spindle and more. The expansive lyricist has also enjoyed several chart hits over the past year, finishing at # 26 on the Shazam charts and # 25 on the Spotify Viral 50 in 2021.
Since his EP, Ronnie has released a new version of his single “Famous In California”, two collaborations and a remix of the track “Sad Summer”. “Sad Summer” caught the eye of multi-platinum artist and “Hey, Soul Sister” singer Pat Monahan of Train. “car ride home” is Watt’s third release of the year after two collaborations, “You Said” released with Zach Oliver and “WAKE UP” with Jorlov.
Ronnie Watts finds new ways to capture subtle moments with deep impact. Ronnie isn’t afraid to share all parts of her. Recently, she finished a guest blog with the JED Foundation where she spoke about OCD. His fearlessness in his vulnerability continues to find many fans around the world. “car ride home” is the latest, capturing the feeling of abandonment in a way that makes us feel less alone.
Video is a testament to making the smallest and most intimate moments more cinematic. With just purple hues, subtle artwork, and Watts’ charming personality, the “Car Ride Home” brings us closer to the charming rising star.