Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Now That I Found You’

Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Now That I Found You’

It may have been a little quiet around these parts through the month of February, but let me assure you that extraordinarily good things come to those who wait. No, I’m not just talking about the big old feature pieces we’ve been working away on with some fabulous new artists and will be sharing rather soon indeed – this is about as extraordinarily good as things can get in the world of pop music.

Since adopting the wonderfully rewarding voluntary role of Global Evangelist for Carly Rae Jepsen after finally pressing play on E•MO•TION just shy of three years ago, there have certainly been times where it’s felt like gushing praise about her music has been so intrinsic to my identity, or at least other people’s perceptions of it, that it verged on being some sort of unhealthy obsession. Of course, I’ve been more than happy to roll with the joke – I’ve hosted not one but two Jeppo-only radio shows to celebrate the entirety of E•MO•TION and Side B, a signed copy of Kiss from our good friend James remains the most incredible gift in the history of Secret Santa, there was genuinely a time last year where someone greeted me as “The Person From Twitter Who Really Likes Carly Rae Jepsen”, and that this very website launched the same week as the first single from what is inevitably her fourth LP is impossible to shrug off as some insane coincidence – but my reputation precedes me such that I find myself having to explain in extensive depth why it is that ‘Call Me Maybe’ lady genuinely is one of the best musicians in the world right now.

In future, perhaps I should just direct them here. It’s been two weeks since 30 seconds of ‘Now That I Found You’ first appeared in a Queer Eye teaser, and the final product is every bit as exhilarating as I’ve incessantly dreamed since. Like ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘Run Away With Me’ before it, this feels like a thrilling shot of love, energy, euphoria, and all those good things, except this time there’s even more of an idyllic zing, with CRJ’s lovestruck maybe-ever-so-slightly-in-denial-but-let’s-wait-for-the-whole-album-before-reading-too-much-into-it anthem getting a relentless jolt of electric glee from the synths of Captain Cuts and Ayokay – who produced and co-wrote the track with her out in Nicaragua, of all places. If her Beats 1 premiere chat with Zane Lowe just now is anything to go by, there’s at least another 199 of these gems to come, and I for one couldn’t be more ready.

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