I'm sure a musician performed somewhere, but this stuff is definitely not a group playing together or even arranged for this tune. At best its studio musicians(who are usually incredibly talented) but this was just slapped together in some studio by someone who doesn't know as much about music as they think they do. They used a guitar riff for parts, another sound clip for simulated drums, and I don't want to go back to listen again to point out the other gimmicks. The singer deserves better arrangements, you shouldn't assume others are not familiar with recording studios, which ones are good, and those who just fake it.
Lets not get too carried away about critically acclaimed, my son's BIL has a studio and works with many different styles of music, I'll send it to him and see what he thinks about the mixing and production. Quincy Jones actually worked with Madonna even though he didn't like her music, but he didn't short change her like the people who put his song together. Like I said, I think the singer has promise, even though I think this tune is derivative and mediocre, she needs new people to spotlight her talent, and she needs to avoid that key she was struggling with. Competent producers can bring out her best. I don't think this song did it.
Not because it was moody and vague, at best it was boring. I look forward to hearing her again when she gets better material, a good arrangement and a chance to work with people who can bring out her best.
And the lyrics are not idiosyncratic, if you want idiosyncratic, listen to the
Astroids Galaxy Tour "The Golden age", if thats too upbeat, get a copy of Jack Kerouac's Mexico City Blues, i think its still in publication with 242 drafted choruses. it's timeless. Im not apposed to artsy fartsy, good artsy fartsy i a treasure