Ian Sweet—the cathartic creation of Jilian Medford—has unveiled her latest single: “Sword,” a dreamy, pop manifesto of self-sustaining strength. Imagining her body as both a source of power and defense, Sweet wades into the anxiousness that comes out of feeling like you’re constantly being rendered helpless.
Elusive and deceptively catchy, “Sword” molds Sweet’s fears and hopes into an enthralling tune—one that mixes her alt-pop tendencies with her ever expanding need to experiment. It’s at once hauntingly hook-filled, those distorted croons and Sweet’s softly hoarse cries cutting deep, spiraling themselves around the song’s dreamy melody.
“[‘Sword’] is my ‘Ultimate Fighter’ manifesto. It was born from the dire need to end what felt like a relentless battle” Sweet said of the song. “A battle where I was constantly being disarmed. I imagined my body being both the shield and weapon to fight back against someone who wanted me to surrender.”