The year is 2019, and Carly Rae Jepsen, born Slayly Raemacculate Jepselegend Of The North, has returned to us on Wednesday (February 27) with not one, but two new Carly Rae Jams to inject directly into our veins and carry us through these most trying of times: “Now That I Found You” – sadly not a Britney cover – and “No Drug Like Me.”
According to the press release, both of the songs – along with last year’s “Party For One,” I can only assume – will be featured on Carly’s post-E·MO·TION record, due for release sometime later this year.
“’Now That I Found You’ is about the high you get when a new love starts to change your life. It’s like the rush, rush, rush is better than any drug,” Carly explains of the first, saccharine-sweet cut, produced by Captain Cuts, the same LA songwriting and production team behind “Party For One.”
The track is essentially classic, if not by-the-numbers CRJ euphoria: it’s breathlessly smitten, urgent and earnest, a la “Cut to the Feeling” or “I Really Like You,” stretching all the way back to the days of “Curiosity” and “Call Me Maybe.”
“No Drug Like Me,” however, veers more towards “Warm Blood” and “All That” territory in its seductive, ’80s synth-y and slightly ghostly goodness – and is, thus, more intriguing.
“Which leads me to ‘No Drug Like Me,’ which is a promise I made to love in general. That when the good stuff lands my way I’ll always try to be vulnerable and brave and show all of myself – if you make me feel in love then I’ll blossom for you,” she explained of the song, produced by John Hill (of Bionic fame, most importantly) and Jordan Palmer.
As for that disco record she’s teased since 2016? Three songs in, and that concept remains nowhere to be seen or heard. It’s a more of the same moment, to be honest. (E·MO·TION Side C?)
That said, it’s really nothing short of a miracle that Carly’s maintained her sparkly electro-pop demeanor through these most moody of years. And for that, we remain grateful.
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“Now That I Found You / No Drug Like Me” was released on February 27. (iTunes)
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