Pop master crafter Matthew Koma has been pushing out a number of high quality solo tracks of his very own for years now, including 2012’s “Parachute,” 2013’s “One Night,” 2015’s “So F**kin Romantic,” and most recently, “Kisses Back” and “Hard To Love.”
This month, Matthew returns with yet another track to add to his solo repertoire: “Dear Ana” featuring Jai Wolf.
Although his signature vocal stamp and the production is pretty enough on the brooding number, the most noteworthy thing about “Dear Ana” isn’t necessarily the sound of the song itself, but rather the story he’s singing about, which is quite personal — in a very brave way. From the jump, “Dear Ana” feels like a genuine piece of Matthew‘s soul, telling a story about an extremely difficult time in his life.
“‘Dear Ana‘ is a song about my battle with an eating disorder that nearly killed me,” Matthew said in a statement. “I always had some issues around body image and body dysmorphia but didn’t have the strength to face it or talk about it openly. I became so mentally and physically exhausted and it didn’t get any better in the context of shooting photos and music videos, doing promo etc. I finally hit a rock bottom when it was a matter of survival, but admitting it was only the first step of a very long and hard journey. I wrote this song during my first week of recovery. It takes conscious decisions every day to continue overcoming the thoughts, patterns and fears…but with the right support and headspace, I’m grateful to be heading in the right direction.”
Matthew wrote “Dear Ana” last year during the early stages of his recovery from an eating disorder. It’s a gut wrenching, heart-breaking and honest testament to his struggle and emotional healing during the recovery process. Hats off to you, Matthew.