Following the release of ‘Easy For You’ and ‘Hush’ which amassed over 100 thousand Spotify streams in the space of a few weeks, London Brit school Alumni Gorran returns with the highly anticipated ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’.
The track begins with entrancing siren like echoes, subtly remincient of Mateo’s ‘How Good Is Your Love’. This initial sense of familiarity set the bar very high for this song; and thankfully Gorran did not disappoint.
In fact the manner in which the song’s emotional journey was mirrored in its melodies and textural changes was something to be applauded.
Verse one explored the idea of Gorran accepting that the relationship was over, acknowledging that while he is content with his former love remaining in his life, what they once shared no longer exists.
While these revelations are noticeably poignant, there is also a briefly detectable sense of relief that the cycle of frustration has come to an end.
The self-produced track, which was mixed by Gavin Goldberg (Chrissie Hynde, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne) is a reflection on the story of a love lost.
Straightforward enough, it would seem.
While the pain of this loss is evident in his passion filled vocal delivery, the true story is found in the words the singer is not saying as seen in verse 2.
The line “you and I were different after that” alludes to the idea of everything changing after an undisclosed incident, leading listeners to believe that there’s more to the story than Gorran is willing to share.
Gorran shares how the song helped him heal, acting as a form of therapy:
“I was finding it incredibly difficult to express exactly what I was trying to say lyrically in those last few weeks of being with her – it was only once we ended the relationship that I found I was able to completely let go and properly finish the song. It really helped me come to terms with how I was feeling, and how I had been feeling for quite a while. It became clear that the verses were a poetic summary of the fundamental weaknesses in the relationship. The middle 8 was the last section I wrote, and were some of the most painful lyrics I’ve ever had to write, as I realised whilst writing it that it was one final parting note to the person I thought I loved. The song honestly means more to me than almost anything”.
There’s a striking grit to the tone of his voice that makes the words he’s singing instantly believable, really allowing the song to resonate with those listening.
The emotional crescendo of the story is best seen in its instrumentation and structure, particularly in the transitions between verses.
The dramatic pause which the follows the bridge beautifully emphasises a true moment of vulnerability, just before ending the song with a powerful chorus.
‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’ is an emotionally charged pop ballad that is bound to connect with anyone experiencing heartbreak.
Listen to the song here:
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