Willow has announced her fifth studio album album, CopingMechanism, will arrive Sept. 23, per an Instagram post, and is now available for preorder. The release marks the 21-year-old musician’s follow-up to 2021’s Lately I Feel Everything.
The album preorder arrives at the same time Willow dropped her new song, “Hover Like a Goddess.” In the accompanying video, Willow sings outside in the dark, occasionally gazing up at an unseen presence donning a pair of black boots.
The track addresses the exquisitely torturous feeling of lust, encapsulating the frenetic and yearning emotions of uncontrollable desire. “I’ll never be fine if you won’t be mine,” Willow sings in a punked-up refrain, before repeating the line in a soft, lilting voice. “You’re like the ocean/Coming and going,” she sings on one of the verses. “I want to surf your waves to the shore and find what lies real deep inside/I’ll be the moon to your high tide.”
Willow recently spoke with IndieLand at Lollapalooza and discussed her influences and hopes for what audiences can gain from her music career. “I want people to be like, ‘Willow always did what was in her heart and she always wanted to inspire people to do what was in their heart. Even though it may not have been my cup of tea at one point, it was still my cup of tea because of who she is as a person,’” she said. “I just want people to feel my love.”
“Hover Like a Goddess” follows the release of single “<Maybe> It’s My Fault,” which dropped in June. The two tracks are Willow’s first solo songs since releasing Lately I Feel Everything last year. In 2022, she’s collaborated with Siiickbrain on “Purge,” PinkPantheress on “Where You Are,” Camila Cabello on “Psychofreak,” and Yungblud on “Memories.” She is currently on tour with Machine Gun Kelly as a special guest on his Mainstream Sellout Tour.