Yesterday, Grammy-nominated producer and creator boyband announced his sophomore album release never knows best along with the release of his newest single “by myself”. The album’s second single magnifies how quickly a growing relationship can turn into a toxic downward spiral.
The guitars and synths that frame “by myself” create a frenetic atmosphere that parallels the uneasiness the narrator experiences after an unexpected breakup. It highlights boyband’s commitment to use never knows best as an opportunity to normalize conversations regarding self-worth and mental health.
Boyband’s previous single “fooly cooly” was released a month ago and has amassed over 66 thousand Spotify streams since, resting at the top of his popular list on the streaming service. As the album’s first single, it gives listeners a glimpse into the stories that will be shared. It focuses on the anime series FLCL‘s character Mamimi Samejima’s complex feelings tied to growing up and navigating the personality, mentality, and psyche of the pessimistic anime persona. Samejima inspired the philosophical title of boyband’s new project by scribbling never knows best on her cigarette.
As boyband uses music as a platform to speak candidly about depression and the intense experiences of indifference, despondency, and social fatigue often felt by young adults, the album mimics this to expand and normalize the conversation surrounding the trouble spots experienced by teens today.
The intimate and unique connections between boyband and his fans has allowed him to create a community-like platform through his songs. Previous hits like “tattoo,” “realtree” and “big face” (ft. Mike Kinsella) allow fans to bond over the transition from teenagers into self-sufficient adults.
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