Bleachers Finds Euphoric Nostalgia on “I Miss Those Days”

The fourth track from the upcoming 'Gone Now' keeps the horns at the front and doesn't back off from Jack Antonoff's rapturous production.

by Alex Robert Ross
May 25 2017, 5:25pm

Jack Antonoff's new album as Bleachers, Gone Now, is out next Friday, June 2. On the strength of the Carly Rae Jepsen collaboration "Hate That You Know Me," the Lorde-featuring "Don't Take The Money," and the heartbreaking "Everybody Lost Somebody"—a track that hasn't come off rotation since its release two weeks ago—his third LP looks set to be his best yet, a full realization of Antonoff's 80s pop ideals and rapturous songwriting.

"I Miss Those Days," released this morning as Zane Lowe's World Record on Beats 1, follows the thread nicely. Again, there's a brilliantly simple horn riff—more sax this time—and some effortless melodies from Antonoff. It is—no prizes for figuring this out—an explicitly nostalgic track, which makes perfect sense for the 33-year-old, who keeps one fixed on the past. But what might sound trite in someone else's hands is engrossing when Antonoff sings it. "We talk about getting older / But there's so much we haven't done yet," he sings over a bright acoustic guitar before the echoing drums that he deploys so precisely kick in. Listen to the track, complete with a minimal visual, at the top of the page.

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