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Conan Gray isn’t subtle. He doesn’t want to be. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter has built an impressive fan base—4.6 million subscribers on YouTube, where in 2013 he started posting videos of himself performing in his bedroom—thanks to confessional lyrics that read like diary entries. In his songs he’s (metaphorically) bleeding from a backstab, he’s going to wreck someone’s car, and he’s wishing his crush’s girlfriend were dead. As you get older, it’s easy to look back and feel embarrassed by the messiness and melodrama of your youth, but Gray isn’t about that. His music isn’t there to console you or coax you out of your heartbreak. It’s there to make room for the pain. It encourages you to scream, to cry, to dance the sorrow out.“Writing…
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