“I don’t want another pretty face, I don’t want just anyone to hold. I don’t want my love to go to waste, I want you and your beautiful soul.”
If you were a teenager in the early 2000’s, these lines from Jesse McCartney’s hit song back in the day might ring a bell.
It has been 4 years since his last release In Technicolor, and McCartney is back with a new single Better With You! The music video, directed by Jo Roy and starring actress Danielle Campbell was also released today.
“This is about that person who helps keep the divisive negativity in the world in perspective.” McCartney reveals the intent behind the song. “The one who loves you no matter what.” He describes Better With You as being “a hopeful, uplifting message that was written during a turbulent time socially and politically.” and reminiscent of his earlier songs during the Beautiful Soul era.
The video centres around McCartney and his female lead (played by Campbell) experiencing the ups and downs of a relationship, with scenes beautifully transitioning between McCartney being on his own and him with Campbell in different situations — further expounding upon the message of the song.
“A song is supposed to do what a movie is supposed to do,” he says. “It’s supposed to make you laugh, it’s supposed to make you cry, it’s supposed to pull you in and draw parallels to your own life.”
While McCartney seeks to find the balance between “evoking nostalgia” and being “culturally-relevant” the recent political climate has, no doubt, also been an influence in his approach to writing music as he felt the need to “write something positive to give people a break from the daily anxieties fueled by the news”. Better With You encapsulates all of that brilliantly, and as a long-time fan, I for one am absolutely looking forward to new music from McCartney!