Madeline Finn’s “Save Yourself” is both heavy and folky, leaning into the bold, etherial style she’s known for.
“Part of what I love about being an artist is being able to collaborate with other creators,” she explains. “The Overlook Entertainment creative team have crafted such an interesting, articulate-yet-simple visualization of a song that is very vulnerable and personal to me. ‘Save Yourself’ is an exploration into instrumentation, emotion, and honesty … one that I felt led to share with anyone who has ever experienced the toil of unhealthy examples of love.
Musically, “Save Yourself” illustrates Finn’s diverse strengths as a musician and songwriter. The song begins with sparse arrangements dominated by rich, folk-leaning acoustic guitar and her evocative voice. But, as “Save Yourself” progresses, Finn adds sturdy electric guitars, forceful drums, textured percussion and arrangement flourishes—including layers of mesmerizing, interlocking, vocals—until the song explodes and morphs into a strident, confident rock song.
Lyrically, “Save Yourself” details the aftermath of an unhealthy relationship told from the perspective of someone who misses an ex but knows that self-preservation required the breakup. In a voice full of resignation, Finn hints at hitting a breaking point (“I keep treading water, but you’ve got to save yourself”) even as she misses her partner.
The stark, black-and-white video for “Save Yourself” embodies the song’s deeply personal lyrics and themes. Footage of nature’s awe-inspiring power—for example, tranquil, crashing ocean waves and a house engulfed in flames—alternate with Finn in a bathtub full of water, fiercely staying afloat despite hands that try to push her under. The video films these struggles from above and focuses on Finn’s face—illuminating the strength and grace with which she faces this tough situation.