UK alt-pop trio Lycio experiment with uplifting synth elements in their new single ‘Somebody’. The single carries an empowering sentiment of love unrequited does not have to dampen your parade, but rather just move onto the next best thing for your life, and that there will be other lovers in your life.
The trio consists of vocalist and lyricist Genie Mendez, keyboardist Charlie Kellie, and drummer Alex Lowe. Genie Mendez lets us into her headspace with the lyrics she writes, sharing her thoughts about the world and accounts of her mental health. In terms of overall production, the whole team collaborates on the outcome of their sound. They have cited a varied range of musical influences from Alt-J, Jack Garratt, Janelle Monae, London Grammar, Jungle, Bonobo, Grimes, Charli XCX, Haim, Tim Hecker, Fickle Friends, Imogen Heap, The XX, and Chvrches.
Genie Mendez shares, “I actually thought I’d try a different lyrical approach with this song. I’m rarely one to write about romance and our songs are usually entangled with expressions of my own mental health. So to have such a lyrically open chorus where I’m so clearly talking about unrequited love is definitely a first for us. Although I’ve still kept the verses dark and mysterious, this song is definitely about wanting someone so bad but them not quite wanting you back. Then you get this really catchy chorus, and I did want it to be as catchy as a Jess Glynne or Fickle Friends track, ‘cause they’re really good at grabbing the listener like that. So I hope you all enjoy listening to it the way we enjoy performing it.”