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  • Writer's pictureSharanya Nadar

Breaking the Illusion Mirror: Karen Harding's latest single, 'Stranger On A Pedestal' Breaks Down Crush Culture with Folk-Pop Realism

Karen Harding’s 'Stranger On A Pedestal' is an epic take on crush culture

and uncovers the true, messy side of human flaws.

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This folk-pop gem puts you in your feelings of Figuring out that your potential love interest isn't all that flawless after all. Harding’s enchanting vocals vibe perfectly with the stripped-down yet powerful acoustic backdrop, pulling listeners into a narrative of disillusionment and growth.


The song opens with Harding's reflection on seeing someone from afar, enveloped in the glow of their picture-perfect perception. As the lyrics unfold, she expresses a deep shift in this perspective, transitioning from putting them on a pedestal to understanding their true nature. Lines like "You are just a stranger on a pedestal" and "It's time to live my life and set my soul free" highlight the powerful shift from being spellbound to breaking free.


Harding’s narrative throughout the track merged with the intimate acoustic backdrop, makes this track truly relatable to those who have experienced the bittersweet awakening of witnessing the behind the curtains of their idol's perfection.


'Stranger On A Pedestal' underscores Karen Harding's knack for creating deeply moving music that leaves a lasting impression.


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