Some songs have an unusual theme or inspiration and Yellow Shoeshine by Starling is certainly one of them. She says the track is about having vomit on your shoe! The track has a similarly leftfield and strident approach to documenting the collapse of a relationship – watch the video here.
Starling says about the song:
“I was done with my (now ex) boyfriend putting me in the “doghouse” when I went out. I found myself shape-shifting in the relationship. I guess we all do that in some way as we all want love and to keep it. When I woke up with sick on my shoe at a bus stop on 2nd Ave in New York I did think I’d gone too far but I had a session to get to with a producer I hadn’t worked with before (Nick Sylvester) and so turned up but the thing was not only was I feeling terrible but I had some sick still on my shoe – sorry I know that’s gross but it’s true and so when he started with some beats I just started singing about last night and the ex and the whole thing of liberation and being you and not pleasing others. I guess the shoeshine was a powerful symbol.”