Meg Mac

“I don’t really like conflict,” the singer Meg Mac confessed recently. “I don’t ever really like to speak up or create drama. I like everything to be calm.” But that passivity had started to catch up with her one weekend evening in 2015, so she decided to write a song about it.

Premiering exclusively on W, “Low Blows” is a pep talk to herself that Mac wrote that evening in her bedroom in Melbourne while listening to the world shuffle by outside her window. “I was at home and I could hear people outside having fun,” she said, “and I distinctly remember feeling very sorry for myself. I feel like everyone has that time where you’re alone and you can hear everyone else being fine, and you’re like, I’m not fine.”