I’m Barbara Walters, and this…is 2020.
This year is all about a fresh start, new beginnings and Classic Blue. So, what better way to kick off the New Year than by dusting off a four-year-old song and re-releasing it with a little makeover? (Look, it worked for Lizzo.)
Gabrielle Aplin is an English singer-songwriter who’s popped up on my radar (on my ray-duh) more than a few times over the years, including a scattering of songs that have wound up on MuuTunes, including last year’s “Like You Say You Do,” a sturdy slice of solid upbeat pop. (Oh, you’re not subscribed to my weekly playlist? What a perfect time to do so.)
Nina Nesbitt, similarly, is a Scottish singer-songwriter who’s also caught my attention multiple times over the years, including last year’s The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change with songs like “Colder” and “Loyal to Me,” which I described as the new “New Rules” fuckboy anthem at the time.
Much to the delight of their fans, and singer-songwriter crossover enthusiasts everywhere, the two have come together on “Miss You 2,” a reworked 2020 version of Gabrielle’s 2016 viral hit “Miss You,” which admittedly I had initially…missed. (See what I did there?)
Other people did not miss it – including up-and-coming indie artist Taylor Swift, who added it to her “Songs Taylor Loves” playlist at the time.
The concept of “Miss You 2” is basically, you know, missing you.
It’s got all the makings of a pop hit (yes, even for a second time around): the dreamy electronic beats and piano pop chords, and if the instant earworm of those “nah-nah-naaah-nah“-s don’t hook you, that chorus (“Oh God, I miss you too…“) surely will.
It’s a no-brainer, really.
“I’m so happy to have Nina on ‘Miss You 2.’ I’ve known her for a long time, we came through as artists around the same time. We have been on both sides of an ever-changing industry and both decided to independently take control of our careers and success. The initial release of ‘Miss You’ feels like the start of that for me, and I’m thrilled that Nina has added her voice to a new version of one of my favourite songs of mine,” Gabrielle says of their collaboration.
“I’m so excited to be featuring on Gabrielle’s new version of ‘Miss You 2’. We have known each other for a long time and one of my first ever gigs was supporting her at a show in 2011. I’ve always been a big fan of her work and I’m so happy we’ve finally had the chance to collaborate” added Nina.
The song’s release comes just ahead of the release of Gabrielle’s third studio album Dear Happy, out on January 17.
Here’s to discovering much more great music to come in 2020 – even when it’s not, like, actually all that new.
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