Review: “OMG” — Gryffin & Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen isn’t known for her features, but maybe it’s time to change that. Almost exclusively — not to mention endlessly — working on her own music, the singer’s collaborations with artists in recent years have been masterworks, from the PC Music cosigns of Charli XCX’s “Backseat” and Danny L Harle’s “Super Natural” to the ‘80s euphoria of Bleachers’ “Hate That You Know Me.” On “OMG,” she and producer Gryffin find the perfect balance between those two poles; with swathes of guitar, festival-ready synths, and vocal effects to match, the duo match the breathlessness that comes with the leap from liking someone to loving them.

“No chemical can recreate our chemistry” is probably the best opening line of 2019, topping almost anything from Jepsen’s Dedicated (a masterpiece in its own right). She moves through the first verse, describing to her partner just how crazy they make her in the way only she can. Ever the hopeless romantic, the singer has built a career around the feelings that come with the innocence of newfound crushes; here, she makes the realization that she’s falling in love, summarizing the epiphany exceptionally with an “oh, my god!” Putting her emotions into perspective, she tells this lover that she “only liked a lot of things before I knew [them]” before the chorus erupts into a firework display of synthesizers. Staking their claim on a late song of the summer, Gryffin and Jepsen have engineered one of the most infectious tracks of the season.

Rating: 5/5

A music business student with a passion for writing about music almost as intense as his desire to curate it.

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