Calgary artist Jennie Harluk is kicking off 2022 with a new chest-squeezing anthem “Be Your Friend,” today. Layered with lush piano chords, the track navigates through the gut-wrenching nostalgia and longing of wanting to be intimate with someone again. It applies to any ex whom you can’t friendzone due to all the history and leftover emotions that linger in the aftermath of a breakup.
The slow-burning production paired with Harluk’s silvery croons leave its listeners in an emotional suspense before the cathartic choruses skyrocket us. “We both know it’s dangerous pouring liquor on an old flame / Cause it burns just like a wildfire in summer” chants Harluk. There is an undeniable sense of impending doom that seeps out of the melancholic and wistful lyrics that makes “Be Your Friend” a soothingly, heart-burning track that takes you down the memory lane.
Speaking of the new track, Harluk shares, “‘Be Your Friend’ is a simple, beautifully melancholy track about the inner struggle of seeing a person you’ve parted from but still love, and realizing you don’t want to be friends with them; you don’t want to pretend there’s no history, you don’t want to be civil – you want them back. Even if it hurts, or isn’t right, you can’t help but feel that pull to familiarity, comfort, and nostalgia of an old love.”