The time for Carly Rae Jepsen‘s brand new album Dedicated is near!
The LP, which is due for release on May 17, is (thankfully) shaping up to be every bit as good as 2015’s critically acclaimed E·MO·TION, from her unapologetically catchy lead single “Party For One” to the left-leaning “No Drug Like Me” and the sparkling “Now That I Found You.” And after the Canadian diva revealed the contents of Dedicated yesterday (15 songs!), she’s decided to share another treat with us, the album opener: “Julien“!
“‘Julien‘ is the song that taught me the heart and direction of this album,” Carly said in a statement. “Couldn’t keep him for myself any longer.”
The track is crafted alongside one of my favorite production duos, The Knocks, who are responsible for providing some of the best remixes in pop when they’re not churning out some fierce tunes of their very own. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that the song is one mesmerizing, genre-blurring swirl of warm beats, disco bass plucks, pulsating synths and Carly‘s signature swooning.
“Julien, in your heart, yeah, you must believe/ Julien, it was more than a fantasy/ To the end, to the last breath that I breathe/ I’ll be whispering, Julien…,” Carly declares on the hook. There’s something very magical buried in the sun-soaked production, and slightly melancholy at the same time–not unlike a good bulk of E·MO·TION.
This just feels fantastic overall. LOVE! LOVE!