Aidan Gibney, Coming of Age

Los Angeles duo EXES returned over the weekend with their new single "Clapping on the TV."

The dazzling, contemplative offering comes along with news of the pair's debut album Don't Give Up On Me Now, which will be released on Feb. 4. The song finds singer Allie McDonald, who makes up EXES alongside producer Mike Derenzo, in a very relatable space, reflecting on where she is in life and her place in the world. It's a song for anyone still chasing a dream and a pleasant reminder that success looks different for each of us.

“There was a time, fairly recently, where I needed to clap on game shows and talk shows in order to make money," reveals McDonald. "Music wasn’t paying the bills, so I turned to paid seat filler jobs. It was probably the lowest point in my adult life. I questioned everything I was doing. I was getting older, running into people I went to college with—finding out they had babies and houses and retirement plans. I was barely scraping by. Sometimes it still feels that way."

She adds: "'Clapping on the TV' came from that weird time. We wrote it with our friend, Petey, in the studio one day as an ode to all the late 20-year-olds who still don’t know which direction they’re headed. It’s a song for the misfits, the loners, and the kids who don’t want to grow up and give up on their dreams."

Hear the new track below.