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  • Kelli Dixon

Review: "loner" - joan

I feel like shy and quiet people are misunderstood sometimes. People who meet them may think they don’t want to talk, so they end up being ignored. In reality though, the shy people have a lot to say. It just takes a little more time for them to open up. I know this because I am a shy person, but I have a close knit group of friends that I can let loose with and be myself around. In “loner,” the title track to their new EP, joan talks about finding this type of connection in a romantic light. Even though my relationships are different, I find it very easy to relate to the story of this song and I think a lot of other listeners will too.

My favorite part of this song was the instrumentation.The guitar, drums, and back-up vocals made the track sound like a nostalgic 2000’s boy band song. As for the lyrics, they played a big part in making the song catchy. I think this was because of the repetition of certain lines on the verses. For instance, the line, “all in my head” is repeated near the beginning of the first verse. Additionally, I liked that the song had a storytelling quality. In the beginning, the lyrics talk about how the singer himself is a loner. In the last chorus, the song switches point of view and we find out that the other person feels the same way. It was very heartwarming and I liked how everyone got a happy ending.

joan is a two man duo based out of Arkansas. Since releasing their first single in 2021, they have accumulated 150 million streams from across the globe! Their catchy pop melodies need to be on your pick-me-up playlist. They have a lot of tracks about navigating life and love. If you need recommendations, check out “flowers,” another song off of their new EP. It is about the very relatable situation of coming to terms with a breakup. In contrast, “nervous,” is about how hard it is to be in front of a crush. If you want to see them in person, they will be heading out on a U.S tour in May! Check out their socials below for more information.

Written By Kelli Dixon



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