Love songs are dancefloor staples, but hate songs aren’t always hands-in-the-air moments. In “Leaving You,” Audien (aka Nate Rathbun) has created an anthemic kiss-off, one that goes the extra mile in both concocting peak hour buoyancy and verbally decimating an ex lover. It’s a refreshing moment in a crowded field of bangers that all aspire for grandiosity, but often dawdle in a realm far more saccharine. For those who think negativity has no place in dance music, the response of Audien’s fans might be a surprise.
“It’s been exciting to watch fans embrace this track,” the DJ says. “It’s always a sing-along highlight at my live shows.”
A cheerful melody belies the song’s meaning, underscored by topliner Michael S’s loverboy vocals (his soft tenor should give Bruno Mars a reason to look over his shoulder). An official video is in the works, so this song likely will become ingrained in our collective eardrums sooner rather than later. That makes now a good time to learn all the words with this technicolor animated lyric video below: