Single Review: Bleachers – 'Hate That You Know Me' (ft. Carly Rae Jepsen)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

'Hate That You Know Me' is the second single off of Bleachers’ second album, which is set to drop this June. The track features synth-pop queen herself, Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as Sam Dew. Jack Antonoff also co-wrote the track with Julia Michaels.

Antonoff has worked with heavyweights in the pop industry including Taylor Swift, Sia, and Lorde. Antonoff’s love of experimenting and synths come together in this new track, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark. 

Carly Rae Jepsen and Antonoff should be a dream pair up, but Jepsen remains underutilised until the last minute of the song, which teases what could’ve been a strong synth-pop anthem. Whereas Antonoff’s deadpan delivery doesn’t quite pack a punch, it should and is intrusive.

In true Antonoff style, the track incorporates a driving drum beat and honest, tongue-in-cheek lyrics. I appreciate the honesty which is liberating and toes the line between bliss and despair. The drum beat gets lost along the way and takes a backseat to unimpressive lyrics and delivery from Antanoffand Jepsen. 

The track is confusing because it is stuck between synth-pop and experimental indie-rock without committing fully to either and instead comes of unfinished and underdeveloped. 

Bleachers are stepping into a new direction with their new album, which is echoed in this track. While it doesn’t pan out as well as he had hoped, Antonoff’s experimental nature is on full display and will make for a noteworthy second album. 

Written by Megan Venz