American R&B trio Sonder stretch their heart across the pond to partner with the soul singing sensation Jorja Smith in their new collaborative single ‘Nobody But You’; an emotional, soulful track that mournfully harnesses the pain of unrequited love. Formed of singer-songwriter Brent Faiyaz and producers Atu and Dpat, Sonder is characterised by a minimal, innovative sound that has seen the trio quickly propel up the ladder of industry notoriety. Following the release of ‘Gravity’ earlier this year, featuring millennial treasure Tyler, The Creator, Sonder’s discography continues to blossom.
‘Nobody But You’ is the perfect antidote for all those suffering from heartbreak. The stripped back, acoustic melody compliments the melancholic rawness of Sonder and Smith’s cathartic vocals. Both Sonder and Smith’s lyricism in ‘Nobody But You’ is heartfelt, vulnerable and sincere. The multi-faceted vocalism allows listeners of ‘Nobody But You’ to experience the fragility of love and heartbreak from both the male and female perspective. With lines such as “Don’t think you cared about me” from Smith, paired with the admissions of “Swore that I’d catch you fall, I guess I couldn’t handle it” from Sonder, ‘Nobody But You’ is a lovers lament for the pain of failed relationships, breakups and betrayal.
The back-and-forth style of ‘Nobody But You’ creates a complexity and intensity of sound that beautifully resonates with those of us who are experiencing the heaviness of heartbreak. The soul-soothing effect of ‘Nobody But You’ delicately pulls on every heartstring, making this song a worthy resident in all breakup playlists.
Words: Hazel Thayre