Sectors of light reflect from disco balls nailed to the ceiling, shimmering onto the faces of optimistic teenagers at their very first prom.
As a teenager, you fantasise what it’s like to grow older and become independent, wishing away youth like an old friend you no longer wish to associate with. ’23’ sparks the realisation that adult life isn’t all its cracked up to be, and Howl completely nails it.
“Here we are at 23, always thought that we’d be somebody better,” the 23-year-old confesses over sparkly kaleidoscopic production, reminiscing old times and regretting ever wanting to grow up.
We spend our whole adolescent trying to act mature and pretending we can rely on ourselves that when the time comes to do just that we shatter with fear. It’s happened to you, it’s happened to myself and it’s happening to Chlöe Howl right now.
But we’ll figure it out one day. Here’s to our twenties.
Words: Jordan White