Matt Palmer is a real heartbreaker in his new single, “I Don’t Want It."
The gay artist's new track, from his upcoming EP The Good Parts, is a departure from music in past albums like Stranger Than Fiction and Get Lost in sound and perspective.
"'I've written so many broken-hearted boy songs up to this point that writing a song from the perspective of someone who's afraid of commitment and, in turn, doing the heart breaking was really fun," Palmer said. "I also built this song around a bass line instead of a big chord progression, which is my go-to. I'm really proud of how this one turned out!"
Debuting exclusively with The Advocate, the music video is also a new take for Palmer, who appears as a host of characters throughout. It's a creative decision that was influenced in part by the pandemic. “We had every intention of hiring LGBTQ actors to portray the various parts in the vignettes throughout and leave me out of it completely, but COVID changed all that," Palmer said. "I didn’t envision myself twirling a fake mustache, therapizing myself, or entering a boxing ring at any point in my life, but I’m thrilled with how it all turned out!”
Mixing elements of pop and R&B, The Good Parts is "the sound of 2021," as stated in a release. It's out May 28. In the meantime, watch "I Don't Want It" below.