With not one, or two, but three singles – “Closer,” “Paris” and the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This” – currently sitting pretty in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, there’s really no stopping The Chainsmokers at this point. They’re killin’ it, and killin’ it well.
To keep the hype going strong in support of the April 7 release of their highly-anticipated debut album, Memories… Do Not Open, the guys have decided to provide us with one last reassuring glimpse into their upcoming LP with the release of the opener titled, “The One“!
Crafted alongside their frequent collaborator Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young, the track sees them diving deeper into the more singer-songwriter realm of things, but with a more stripped-back sound than their usual dance-y electro-pop affair.
“You know, I’m sorry/ I won’t make it to your party/ Got caught up in my own selfishness/ It won’t let me be a part of this/ And I know I’ve started drifting off every second/ I can’t wait to leave as soon as I arrive/ I count the seconds,” Drew confesses over a lonesome piano before getting some assistance from an uncredited female vocalist on the song’s slow-building chorus: “Down and down we go/ We’ll torch this place we know/ Before one of us takes a chance/And breaks this, I won’t be the one/ No, I won’t be the one.”
The first minute is mainly held down by soft piano keys, but towards the end The Chainsmokers craft a chilled-out arrangement of vocal loops and light percussion, reminiscent to their earlier work or even “Paris.” Truthfully, it’s quite nice and pleasant overall. They’ve already established themselves as a true pop hit-makers, so it’s nice to finally hear what they can do when the production is toned down, letting everything else shine through.
“Its one of our favorite songs on the album and tells a personal story in each verse,” The Chainsmokers said in a statement. “Not to get to into it right now but the whole album deals with experiences, memories and points of tension since drew and I started this crazy journey. ‘The One’ specifically is about two things, in the first verse is just about how much our life has changed recently, how we miss out and skip things as a result of putting this all first, and its just been sort of crazy realizing how deep we are in it now and how life is complicated. We constantly prioritize this life and as a result we are missing out on memories and moments with our friends and families, and how we sort of feel like shit about it sometimes (not that we don’t know how lucky we are). The other half deals with the idea of knowing a relationship is just over and isn’t working out but being too scared to end it, something we all can relate…”