Today, AJR share a new single entitled “The DJ Is Crying For Help” via the band’s AJR Productions label and Mercury/Republic Records.
In talking about the new song the band said: “The DJ is Crying For Help is about the worry of having peaked already. You set these huge expectations for your life early on, and the song is about the moment when you realize life is not turning out the way you planned.”
On the track, glassy piano resounds in between pensive lyrics. Picking up the pace, a head-nodding beat underscores a flurry of violin as the confessional chorus echoes, “Now I don’t know what to do with myself, the DJ is crying for help.” The song dips in and out of moments of cinematic orchestration, electronic bliss, and unexpected, yet undeniable pop perfection.
It arrives on the heels of “I Won’t.” The latter has already amassed over 12.9 million Spotify streams and 4.3 million YouTube views on the music video. The band delivered a seismic and showstopping performance of the track on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Inciting critical applause, MTV hailed it as “another catchy bop that doubles as an extremely relatable social commentary,” and The Honey Pop assured, “One thing you can always count on with AJR, is that you’re going to have a damn good time listening to their music. ‘I Won’t’ continues that streak.” MUD summed it up best as “a magnetic addition to your summer playlist.”
It just paves the way for a whole lot more to come from AJR very soon.
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