Noah Kahan and Sam Fender have teamed up in the heartfelt new version of ‘Homesick‘. This remix sees the addition of Sam Fender’s verse and other production flourishes. The record explores themes of belonging, nostalgia, and the journey of leaving one’s hometown to pursue dreams and a better life. The lyrics play with the message, initially suggesting a reluctance to abandon their dreams, only to later confess, “I’m homesick,” as if those aspirations were left behind in the past.
The song seamlessly blends Kahan’s soft folk sounds with Fender’s rock riffs and the incorporation of horns in the climaxes. Their storytelling about home doesn’t feel like two separate experiences but rather converges into a shared, universal sense of homesickness that they passionately sing about.
As someone who has departed their hometown and country in pursuit of new opportunities and wild dreams, I deeply resonated with the track. The prospect of moving away from home to follow one’s dreams is both empowering and daunting. While forging a new path away from home, one begins to construct a new life with fresh friendships, experiences, love, and heartbreaks. However, the essence of where you come from, the unique details that shape your identity, remains indelible. For Sam Fender, it’s Newcastle; for Noah Kahan, it’s Vermont. In each verse, their connection to their hometowns and experiences is palpable. This highlights that even amidst success and happiness, a trace of homesickness lingers. It is an indication that your past experiences continue to be an integral part of who you are.