mackenzie thoms debuts a shimmering first single "conviction"

talk about confessions on a dance floor

Photographed by Easton Schirra

Conviction, by definition, is a “firmly held belief.” It’s something we’re told we should have, otherwise our aims in life are, well, aimless, and we all know how undecided hearts fare. Eventually, the lack of will catch up with whomever. That’s where L.A.-based Mackenzie Thoms’ debut single, “Conviction,” starts and spins through for three-and-a-half minutes.

Its story is simple: A romantic affair is in limbo because one party can’t commit. Thoms is both keenly aware of this, and yet paralyzed by his awareness. It’s a story we’ve all likely experienced in one way or another. Now we’ve got an anthem to shut our eyes, throw our hands up, and sway to. Maybe at the end of the dance, we’ll find some sort of answer. Confessions on a dance floor are the most honest ones, after all.