Meet Monopol. The new project from hit producer Christoph Andersson, whose resume includes cuts like G-Eazy‘s “Me, Myself, & I,” finds the 24-year-old moving past the hip-hop production sphere, as he turns his gaze toward the world of upbeat, hook-laden indie pop. And today, he’s bringing his first solo single, “Somebody That I’ll Never Be,” to Billboard for an exclusive premiere.
With sonic comparisons to the slick, earworm electro-pop of the likes of Phoenix and the 1975, the track slides on dazed guitar and twinkling keys, as he sings of a love-lost, cooing, “Never thought that I’d end up here, how the f–k can I disappear / gone, I’m so gone,” before relenting “I can try to be somebody that I’ll never be.”
“The track was written during a massive rainstorm in the middle of a jungle in Nicaragua,” Andersson tells Billboard. “It’s a song about the desperation of trying to salvage a dying relationship. Many many thanks to co-writers Daniel Nigro and Jeremiah Raisen!”