by Matt DeMerchant for Q Review
Cory Stewart is a name you can expect to hear again and again in the future. We recently sat down to talk to him about his new music, and fortunately the waiting is over. His brand new single, “Poison” is here.
The song starts out with seemingly innocent bell sounds until the music stops and Stewart sings, “drop dead.” The abrupt start sets the tone for the rest of the song and it shifts into high gear with a fast-paced production you’re familiar with from the likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. In the chorus he sings, “drink the poison/wait for you to die.” That attitude and bluntness leaves little to the imagination of how he feels about whomever he wrote this song about.
The song only gets a small break from the intense, high energy rhythm for a verse from MDL CHLD that is a refreshing take on a guest verse of a pop song. The song sonically is a pop-dance hybrid that is club ready (a gay club especially - I can see the drag queens strutting down the runway to this song). Stewart’s smooth vocals are reminiscent to fellow queer pop singer and frontman of the band Years & Years, Olly Alexander.
The Q interviewed Cory we asked about his influences. He mentioned MNEK, Troye Sivan and Lady Gaga (amongst others) which you can hear with “Poison,” the perfectly crafted song with an unapologetic attitude. Is Cory what pop radio needs right now?
It’s a resounding YES from us here at The Q.