"Music, for me, is a way of uplift myself," says Anne Heaton, "not by running away from bad feelings but by finding out what they have to say." That musical remedy takes on particular relevence in "The Alchemist", a song that the Chicago singer/songwriter -- and new mother -- calls "a conversation about transforming depression." As a preview of Heaton's fourth album Honeycomb (October 16), "The Alchemist" is a revealing personal lyrical outlook as well as infectious, snappy pop song, a divide that is felt throughout Honeycomb's yin/yang perspective. Heaton lists all the ways of fighting with her dark days, from "medicine" to "talking to a friend" and "not fighting it, and surrendering." In the lustrous chorus, she ultimately prescribes becoming "the alchemist" yourself. As an example of what The Boston Globe has called "lush, introspective and elegant", Heaton's "Alchemist" -- a DC video premiere -- is also a potent feel-good pop elixir. Side effects may include giddiness, incessant humming and a wide, knowing smile.