Carly Rae Jepsen dropped her delicious, new single “I Really Like You” to digital retailers and iTunes on Sunday, March 1, following a cover art reveal two days before.
In a word, it’s a corker.
Nutshelled: “I Really Like You” is girl-meets-boy-now-can’t-stop-singing-about-boy, synth-laden slice of pop, that sounds like 80s summer wrapped in a cotton candy bow. It could have walked off Jepsen’s 2012 debut Kiss album.
Sounds corny? Whatever. The song is catchier than chicken pox, not as itchy, and will have you bouncing along to its infectious beat and winning message.
It’s been almost three years since Carly’s “Call Me Maybe” slayed charts around the world and brought her to the attention of Justin Bieber, then his manager Scooter Braun.
On Bieber’s recommendation, the latter signed the Canadian songstress to his School Boy Records label with distribution secured with Interscope Records.
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Fast forward to this January, Braun said of Jepsen’s return, “I told her that she couldn’t come out with anything unless it was on the level of ‘Call Me Maybe,'” according to Billboard.
The super-manager promised, “And, now we have a new one that is on that level.”
Co-written with Jacob Kasher and The Cardigans’ Peter Svensson, the single’s lyrics drill home the hook in a way that won’t take no for an answer.
“I really wanna stop / But I just gotta taste for it / I feel like I could fly with the ball on the moon / So honey hold my hand you like making me wait for it/I feel I could die walking up to the room, oh yeah / Late night watching television / But how’d we get in this position?” Carly sings in the verse.
“It’s way too soon, I know this isn’t love / But I need to tell you something / I really really really really really really like you, And I want you / Do you Want Me/ Do You Want Me To?” she asks in the first pre-bridge and chorus.
— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 2, 2015
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 2, 2015
Carly stopped by Good Morning America’s studio’s on Monday to perform “I Really Like You,” which she did with aplomb.
On her upcoming album, the singer-songwriter has tapped the likes of Tegan and Sara, Fun’s Jack Antonoff, Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid to name a few.
Post a brief, ambivalently received turn as Cinderella on Broadway, Jepsen will definitely be going to the ball with her latest smash-in-waiting. With an accompanying, but not yet released music video for “I Really Like You” featuring Bieber and Tom Hanks, it will take something cosmic to derail her return.