Cradles

Album: Single release only (2019)
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Songfacts®:

  • New Jersey native Daniel Maisonneuve is a singer-songwriter and producer who records under the name of Sub Urban. This dark single became his breakthrough hit after being popularized through the video sharing application TikTok.
  • "Cradles" contains a more minimal style of production than most of Sub Urban's songs. He explained to Genius that it originated with him working on his piano on "this jazz idea for a low-fi hip-hop thing." Sub Urban randomly played some chords, which he thought sounded "sexy" and a potential hit. So he went up to his room and started writing the song.
  • Lyrically, the song is a dystopian nursery rhyme where 19-year-old Sub Urban compares childhood to adulthood. He explained: "I feel like nobody ever really grows out of the whiny sort of tantrum-throwing person that they were as a kid. And you see it a lot on the internet these days. It's just without a filter, everyone's just an a--hole. And I thought it would be good to just write a song about how I developed as a person."

    Sub Urban added that he went with the flow and considers himself "just as much of a baby as anybody else."
  • The song topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in March 2020.

Comments: 2

  • BrandiThat video is kinda trippy.
  • AlexWhy did he choose that for the title
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