“This Song Sucks” tells the story of coming to hate a once adored song due to memories of you and your ex- an all too common feeling. Through powerful and sticky vocals, she sings, “A catchy little melody / But I remember what you did to me / I hate that it’s still stuck.”
The song is perfectly paired with a music video that displays a vengeful Turner getting revenge on an innocent song. She seems to be unable to escape the song while doing daily tasks, and every time she hears it, she either: burns the CD, rips out the tape of a cassette, smashes the vinyl, and anything it takes to destroy not just the song, but the memories as well. The song and video are fun and tongue-in-cheek, but deliver a message of toxic lingering feelings that – in this case – have a sonic trigger.
Born and raised in Manitoba, Canada, Turner is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation (“Grand Rapids”), where her father served as chief. As a child, she frequently moved around due to her mother’s job as a traveling nurse. However, she eventually came back to living with her dad on their ancestral land, where her love of music and song continued to blossom.
Just like her upbringing, Turner’s creative process is a bit different from most other songwriters. Since she does not play any instruments, she asks the universe to send her a song, which eventually helps her delve into the creative process. Once she gets an answer, she will sing the song into her phone, take it to her producer, and make it come to life.
Turner’s 2017 debut album, North Country, was named Best Country Album at the Indigenous Music Awards in 2017, and has earned nominations from the Western Canadian Music Awards and the Manitoba Country Music Awards, with the latter naming her the Emerging Artist of the Year in 2018.