OneRepublic return with new single Wherever I Go: First listen review

It's OneRepublic, but not quite as you remember them...

Given OneRepublic’s extremely above average output over the last few years (and that includes frontman Ryan Tedder’s cuts for other artists - Beyonce's Halo, Ella Henderson's Ghost, etc), the prospect of a fresh lead single from the band is an exciting one.

Ahead of its radio premiere, were given an early listen to the song. It’s called Wherever I Go, and true to form, it doesn’t disappoint.

The track has many of the hallmarks of a OneRepublic hit (our first play summary of it was "stadium pop-rock stomper"), but repeated listens unearth some interesting shifts in their sound.

In a recent interview with Wonderland magazine, Ryan mentioned he’d been inspired by the indie-pop-electronic sounds of Sigur Ros and Miike Snow, and there’s certainly hints of their style in Wherever I Go’s synth-juddering verses and funereal piano thuds.

Image: Wonderland

Lyrically, as Ryan said in the same interview, it’s about an "unnatural, unhealthy level of obsession" with a person. “I know I could lie but I’m telling the truth, wherever I go there’s a shadow of you,” he sings on the sweeping intro, while in the first verse he reveals: “I come alive when I’m close to the madness”. It sounds pretty sinister, but OneRepublic being OneRepublic, it’s also relentlessly catchy and hugely radio friendly (clocking in a just under three minutes!).

Wherever I Go will be released on May 13. In typical quirkly Ryan Tedder fashion, he's described the accompanying music video (directed by Joseph Kahn, no less) as "a bit of a mad kind of unicorn," so keep an eye out for that too. 

In the meantime, watch our interview with Ryan back when Counting Stars hit Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart:

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