Breakups are never easy. The leftovers, unsaid words, and lingering emotions can pick a person apart for years. For Llunr’s debut single “Cold,” the track was given life from the demise of a relationship. Hailing from Amman, Jordan, the young singer/songwriter uses a traditional and alternative-pop structure that flourishes with a post-dubstep fusion, similar to mainstream artists after 2010, such as Imagine Dragons. Acting also as a disc jockey for Jordan’s radio station 102.5 Beat FM, the influences of commercial hits are deeply embedded in Llunr’s sound.
“I wrote the lyrics to this song in one night. I was going through all these intense emotions, beautiful and painful. I spent a lot of nights wandering around the city listening to my thoughts and blowing off steam playing my guitar. It was winter at the time so the nights were pretty long and funny enough, cold! I was left with nothing but a box, ” states Llunr.
Emerging on a simple acoustic guitar and tangled in melancholy feedback, the track’s somber tone fades into the track’s full fit of emotions. Llunr paints the first verse with the usual notions of “missing” the person before reluctantly crooning, “I don’t need ya / I don’t need ya / You took away the heat.”
The second verse is filled with a second phase of emotions, questioning his sanity on the next move. Llunr’s deep and ironically, warm tone, cuts through the track’s early stage of somberness and replaces it with a numb, aggressive demeanor. The track’s chorus and hook bleed with dubsteb, noting the ripples of rhythmic tension. Peaks of an electric add the final nail in the coffin and a more electro production is heard towards the second half of the track.
Raw and at moments bitter, “Cold” is that final piece of a breakup that is begging to be released. For Llunr, it is a cathartic introduction of the artist that leaves a generous amount of room to grow while he settles in his own sound.