“Don’t Wake Me Up” could be a heavy-hitting, emotional alternative rock anthem. It could explode into a gigantic chorus and a turned up second verse. Drums could crash, guitars could scream, and it could be dramatic affair. But it’s not, and that’s what makes it interesting.

Los Angeles artist Public School wrote the song with Allie X, and instead of adding everything that a song of this style would typically have, they leave it stripped back to only vocals and bass. Even without all the bells and whistles, “Don’t Wake Me Up” gets its message across—the vocals are belted and the songwriting is effective enough to have you singing along by the last chorus.