Jeremy Zucker is an internationally acclaimed artist who has secured many accreditations and vast praise, at what could be considered a very early stage in his career. Just five years after he stopped studying molecular biology, and began professionally releasing music, Jeremy Zucker is back with yet another track: “always, i’ll care.”
The song begins with light piano keys, creating a bouncy music box sound. Jeremy begins singing as lightly as the instrumentals, “Driving down the interstate/I’ve never felt so far away/Leaving hardly hurts at all I’m sorry that I never call,” Percussion clapping is introduced to the twinkling piano instrumental background, as Jeremy sings, “Often, I get exhausted/Trying regardless to be enough/Is it selfish not to be selfless/When all I can help is to open up?”
There is a pause in the music before the piano is replaced with guitar, though the percussion beat remained constant. Jeremy goes on to sing the chorus, “I’ll be better than I was before/Despite every text of yours ignored/Will you call me still? Just to hear my voice, I swear/ Always, I’ll care.” Electronic voice groans, “I’ll care,” fading out as though it’s being carried away by the wind.
The light piano from the beginning of the song returns as Jeremy also mirrors the structure and actions in the first verse, singing, “Flipping through our photographs/Those moments never seem to last/Listening to self control/Those feelings that you’ll never know/Leave me, it’s never easy/I’ve had a lifetime to be alone/If you let me when it gets heavy/Know I’ll never let you be all alone.” Slight tuning noises snares strikes that sounds like distant boxes dropping, the light whistling of a siren and windy noises help to create a nostalgic ambience as Jeremy concludes the song by repeating the chorus. He wraps the song with him singing “always,” very distantly.
“always, i’ll care” is a breakup song, but it doesn’t stumble into the classic tropes of bitterness and pain, though those emotions can be quite necessary. “always, i’ll care” takes a different approach to view the end of a relationship. It’s about mutual love lost and coming to terms with the conclusion of a relationship. The song is special, but it sticks to Jeremy Zucker’s reflective and mellow sound. “always, i’ll care” is a sunset.
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