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CHVRCHES Singing Angsty Teenage Poetry About Unrequited Love Is Too Good for Words

Friends, here’s your chance to relive your awkward teenage crush days. Mortified, a podcast that features people reading their embarrassing teenage poetry, diary entries, and letters just debuted a brand new segment called “The Mortified Muse.” The gist is that they take those poems and things and ask music artists to create a song with those words. This week featured Chvrches singing “Laurel,” a poem one Nat Miller wrote to his crush when he was 14.

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Protip: skip to 25:00 to listen to the song.

To be completely honest, the song doesn’t suck. It’s quite good, actually. The fairly stark simplicity of its melody is complemented well by Lauren Mayberry’s incredible voice. It’s a good tune, and boy can you really feel the angst.

If you’re anything like me (and I’m not necessarily saying you are), then you’ve got notebooks upon notebooks hidden somewhere in your closet full of angsty poems about unrequited love from when you were a teenager. It’s nice that those things are (mostly) buried away in the past, right? If you happen to disagree, maybe you can submit your own poem to Mortified for consideration.

As for me? I’ll be hosting a bonfire.

(via Stereogum, featured image via Flickr/GabboT)

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Jessica Lachenal
Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.

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