Selena Gomez’s “Back To You” Is A Deeply Emotional (Post) Breakup Song

Mike Wass | May 10, 2018 12:39 pm
Selena's Seductive 'Wolves' Video
Selena Gomez and Marshmello's 'Wolves' video is a dark and dreamy affair.

In an interview with Beats 1, Selena Gomez describes “Back To You” as the third part of a trilogy starting with “It Ain’t Me” and “Wolves.” Like those hits, the pop star’s latest is a deeply emotional dance-pop anthem with acoustic elements. “It’s a very special record,” she adds. “I want it to be a beautiful message in a really complicated way but really fun.” Again, that feels like an accurate description of a post-breakup song that deals with regret and heartbreak in an unconventionally romantic way.

“You could break my heart in two,” the 25-year-old sings on the instantly chorus. “But when it heals, it beats for you. I know its forward but it’s true, I wanna hold you when I’m not supposed to.” What sets “Back To You” apart from her previous forays into acoustic-club fare is the wordy, intricate verses and multi-layered production courtesy of Ian Kirkpatrick (the mastermind behind “Bad Liar”). While the sound is familiar enough for pop radio, this is actually a very innovative record under the surface.

Later in the interview, Selena explained why the album affectionately known as SG2 is MIA. “I was really happy with Revival but at the same time I was terrified of doing another record,” she admits. “Because for me, it could be like it was a step down or I needed to beat that record and I think every artist kind of struggles with that. So I waited. I wanted it to be great and had I not waited a good year or two I wouldn’t have had the best songs I’ve ever had.” Unfortunately, there’s still release date.

“Yes I am finishing up the album but we’re also trying to figure out a fun way to take our time,” the hitmaker reveals. “There’s no date there’s no idea for it but I have a lot of music that I’ve collectively put away.” You can listen to Selena’s full Beats 1 interview here and check out her lovely new single below.

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