H.C. McEntire observes entertainment and consumption on new song “Final Bow”

H.C. McEntire doesn’t write lyrics; she writes poetry. Growing up in the tiny rural community of Green Creek, outside Tryon, North Carolina, she knows how to tell a story.

Ahead of tomorrow evening’s online performance, McEntire is serving a second slice of her new album Eno Axis (out August 21)! On “Final Bow,” she leads her band through several distinct passages of adventurous Americana, connecting her storytelling with perfectly timed hooks and couplets like “big business / just play the hits.” The resulting composition serves as another example of McEntire’s expertise; listen today alongside a visual created by Andrew Synowiez and Marie Garlock.

When asked about the song, McEntire replied: “This song is about consumption—the commodification of female sexuality, the inescapable struggle to present honest art within a capitalistic structure that applauds vanity and constant accessibility over mental health and self-care. Conceptually, I appreciate how Andrew and Marie considered the fatigue of this, in exposing the expectations of being an entertainer, by psychedelically anchoring the narrative in metaphors for relentlessness and drowning.”