“Loving Is Wasted” by Arin is one of those few-and-far-between pop songs that really tugs at your heartstrings. With a classic, clean, sparkling production style and some gorgeous, raw vocals, you’ll find yourself melting into the atmosphere of this song. Plus, if you’ve ever found yourself yearning for someone you can’t have, this will bring you some real catharsis.
The intro sports a covered, distant vocal sample, a plucked arpeggio, and a gentle fade-in. When the fade reaches its pinnacle, everything slips away but a guitar. “I’ve been shaping up the different way that this could go / In every single one of them we just end up alone,” Arin croons, forming a dynamic and opulent melody. He narrates this push and pull between two people: one he loves but can’t attain, and another he should love but doesn’t. It’s an inherently tragic juxtaposition.
A swarm of bubbly synths gradually introduces us to the chorus, which crashes in suddenly with a splash of electronic drums. The melody forms a catchy, repetitive groove. It’s the kind of melody you find yourself humming days later. The hook wraps it up quite succinctly: “This loving is wasted.” In true pop songwriting form, he saves this short, meaningful line for the end of the chorus.
Be sure to give Arin a little love on your choice of social media or streaming service! If you’re a Maggie Rogers fan, you’ll probably love “Loving Is Wasted.” It’s a chill, lyrically honest masterpiece of songwriting. Plus, it can’t hurt that he’s a spectacular vocalist.
Written by Alyce Lindberg