Vincent Pontare and Salem Al Fakir -- aka Vargas & Lagola -- are premiering their upcoming debut album's second and final single, “Somebody That Understands Me,” exclusively on Billboard Dance today (Jan. 9).
The ‘80s-rock-inspired track rings with heartfelt lyrics about finally finding people who appreciates you because of -- or maybe even despite -- your unique idiosyncrasies. But the emotion really jumps out in all its dramatic glory via a wailing, extended guitar solo by producer and composer Ludwig Göransson, whose work includes Childish Gambino single “This is America,” and music for Black Panther and The Mandalorian.
“We wanted to make a classic 12-string rock ballad in our own way,” Vargas & Lagola said of the track. “The plan that day was actually to write a song for Post Malone, but when we started with the guitar riff we got a bit carried away and it took a whole other direction.”