Failure is not a loss if you learn from your mistakes. Musicians have often found inspiration in their missteps, and Grandtheft harnesses a powerful future pop hook from a recent low point on his latest single “Square One.”
It’s a solid follow-up to “Easy Go” featuring Delaney Jane, a hit that reached no 26 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart in May. “Square One” continues down that hook-laden path down a slightly darker corridor. He teamed up with New York City-based R&B singer MAX, who dance friends may remember from “Savage” with Whethan and “Pacific Coast Highway” with Two Friends.
“‘Square One’ is at once about disappointment and coming to terms with an ending, but also restarting with strength and self-awareness,” Grandtheft is quoted in a press release. “It’s masculine but compassionate. There is a fall/winter mood to it. The bittersweet quality of the song mirrors wanting [to] keep yourself warm in the face of increasingly cold weather. I find it reassuring, because everyone feels like that when they have to [get] through a tough or new experience – and we had a lot of fun writing it.”
The tune is out everywhere on Lowly Records and launches a 13-date North American Grandtheft tour, though more dates are to be announced. Peep the full list of announced tour dates and listen to “Square One” below.