In the new single ‘Something New’, singer, songwriter and producer Ian Janco laments the past with bittersweet grace. The indie-folk song is peppered with hazy memories of a past relationship in contrast to the new reality post-break-up; emphasising all the complexity of emotion that’s wrapped up in this transition.
Janco tenderly handles this topic, which is based on his real life experience, as heard through the open-hearted guitar strings and longing violin section. However, the London-based American songwriter manages to lighten the mood with a layered, buoyant percussion and inescapably catchy melodies. In the quote from Janco below, the artist captures how these two states of being – melancholic nostalgia and subtle hope – can coexist. “Something New was written shortly after a breakup in the first Lockdown. It captures the feeling of knowing that a relationship is coming to an end, but still having love for a person even though they’ve moved on. On one of the darker days of that time, it just poured out of me – an expression of sadness and longing but also a kind of optimism for what’s to come. I hope that some people resonate with it and helps them get through whatever they may be going through.” The warm, analog textures and personal storytelling of ‘Something New’ promises to be a consistent feature of Ian Janco’s forthcoming Rapture EP, slated for release later this year.
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