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Review: "your somebody" - no joke

Situationships, by definition, are complicated. They’re complex, confusing, and lack that sorely-needed definition between two people who may or may not be scared to put a label on what they are to one another. Still, to maintain a situationship, at least one person in that relationship-not-relationship must want something more than their casual affair. In no joke’s debut single “your somebody”, the pop duo describes just that. Snippets of quiet intimacy and desire are surrounded by electric guitar and upbeat synth, pulling you into the song's world. The track describes the narrator's want to make a situationship more than what it is, and is sure to be a relatable feeling to anyone who has wanted something to bloom between them and another person. "your somebody" is a song for those stuck in relationship limbo.

The first thing you’ll notice about “your somebody” is the climbing keyboard. The song opens with this introspective moment where the vocals remain slightly understated as the keyboard is spotlighted. Eventually, the keyboard fades into the background as the vocals grow stronger, the synth and strings becoming the forefront of the instrumentals. I was amazed by the track’s compelling blend of the aforementioned synth and strings, and how they complemented one another in such a harmonic way. The track’s production makes it irresistibly catchy, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself humming along to the song long after it has ended. Aside from its excellent composition, “your somebody” is also laden with superb lyrics and a message that is more relevant than ever. Describing a situationship from the perspective of one partner who wishes for more than that, the songwriting is full of complex emotion and desire, yet is constantly aware that there is a wall between them and their lover. The chorus definitely does this best: “I just want you to feel like I’m not just anybody / I don’t have to be a hobby / We could be more than just coffee”. The want to be more than just casual fun is so evident, and when combined with the instrumentals and powerful vocals, you’re left with a track charged with the classic push-and-pull that situationships are known for, and the adoration the narrator feels for their lover.

Brothers Joey and Jake McCarrick make up the pop duo no joke. First from Saint Augustine, Florida, and now based in Nashville, Tennessee, the duo’s music draws inspiration from some of pop’s greatest artists, like Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Maroon 5. Combined, their sound is defined by their rich vocals and poetic lyricism. With synthesizers, electric guitars, and keyboards, they create a soundscape filled with plenty of dynamic movement to keep listeners engaged. Their singular style will absolutely make a mark on the pop music scene with their potent energy and musical vision. “your somebody” is no joke’s debut single, and they definitely don’t plan to stop there. If you enjoyed "your somebody", consider dropping no joke a follow to keep track of their next projects!

Written By Alexa Leung



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