Ross and Rachel might be the most famous example of an on-again-off-again relationship. They seem happy, but let’s be honest a lot of the time they don’t really. Breaking this cycle isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s better to rip off the bandaid and call it quits*. On “I Can’t pretend” Finnish duo odeons pair with Australian artist Joey Djia to create an anthem about getting out of that toxic relationship.
Regardless of the subject matter, the melodies are exciting and upbeat. Not only do they show the hopeful side of a breakup, but they don’t make any sacrifices in doing so either. There’s no worry about forgiveness or how they’ll carry on beyond knowing it will be hard but better. The rhythm section is awesome, especially when the beat dropped. They supported all of the lead vocals and allowed Joey Djia to really shine.
Busy drums keep the energy going as dreamy guitar licks are interjected. Sometimes playing a countermelody, and sometimes just bringing chordal support its versatility was well utilized. Where it hung in the mix was great, it never overshadowed anything, but was always heard. When the whole band is playing it melds right into the texture.
“I Can’t Pretend” was interesting and fun to listen to. The groove throughout the chorus is infectious and will absolutely get you dancing (or doing that head-bob thing). Not only that, but they kept the excitement going through the final note. Between how fun it all was, and the delivery of the content matter this song was enjoyable through and through.
*Yes I know Ross and Rachel were together at the end of Friends
“I Can’t Pretend” is available on all major streaming platforms.
Written by Tyler Roberts