“I wrote ‘annual birthday cry’ just after I turned seventeen,” Carroll explained in a statement. “I was feeling overwhelmed with growing up in a world that feels so dark and unsafe. I guess I’ve always just thought ‘oh when I’m older I’ll have this figured out’ and then each year goes by and I still have absolutely no clue how to be a human being! The song is a brain dump of all of my fears, and it’s not the happiest thing I’ve made but I think I just needed to get it all out.”
Carrol released her debut EP, when the sun came up, earlier this year.