On "Starsick," Maude Latour contemplates her place in the Universe, which can dazzle the mind. "'Starsick' is a word I made up while I was at Joshua Tree," she explained on the Songfacts Podcast. "A friend and I were lying on the roof of a car, and we were staring at the sky of infinite stars. That word for me just means being drunk on the vastness of the universe. Drunk on black holes and on your insignificance."
Latour was just 19 and a full-time student at Columbia University when she released this song. Maintaining a music career while getting an Ivy League education seems untenable, but Latour believes in following every passion, and is quite good at time management. Music industry types advised her to quit school, but she ignored them.
Latour slips in a happy birthday with to her friend Morgan on this track when she sings:
You should know a lot
Since you turned nineteen
Now that you're old
How does it seem?
"She and I are very close," Latour told Songfacts. "It's about how blurred the lines can become between love and friendship and what do you do if you feel like you could marry your best friend. No matter who I have dated, I have always ended up coming back to my best friend, so why would I not just choose my best friend? It's about being confused about love in that regard. Even now, I'm confused if I love my best friend or if i'm in love with her."
This is the song that defined Latour's signature sound, which is layers of a cappella harmony vocals. Queen and The Beach Boys were influences.