Just This Once is an infectious indie-pop triumph by Michaela Slinger (604 Records). As the first single off her new sophomore EP, she’s evidently dialled in on her unique style of pop-adjacent songwriting alongside new collaborators: Just This Once was co-written and produced by platinum-certified JUNO winner Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae Jepsen, Victoria Duffield) at his studio in North Vancouver. While the hooky bass line, effortlessly cool vocal delivery, and massive chorus give the song a feeling of levity, Michaela is sharing a story about tension and unspoken truths hurting a relationship.
“Just This Once was born out of frustration I was experiencing with someone I love, where I felt like we were talking around issues rather than getting to the heart of it,” explains Michaela. “The worst part of that approach is that if you leave issues unattended for too long, they’ll turn into resentment, and I think resentment is often hard to bounce back from. This song is me pleading with this person to lay it all out and say exactly how they’re feeling, even if it hurts me—I just wanted everything out in the open.”
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Release date: June 14, 2022
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