“Young Hearts,” from LA artist NoMBe’s They Might Have Even Loved Me, is a cosmic love ballad that borders on obsession. Overwhelmed by the encounter with a mysterious earth angel, NoMBe coos, “You’re all that I want/ You had me at hello/ Girl, I almost fainted/ Too much for my heart and soul…” After a playful melody introduces the song, shimmering chimes lace warped guitar lines between verses. NoMBe makes two dramatic vocal shifts in the latter half of the track, transforming from a luminous falsetto to a robust forthright tone and ending with seductive pleading. Via email, NoMBe shared the intended tone:
Like the rest of us, the first time I was in love was the most pleasantly painful experience of my life. There was no point of reference for how to cope. When you are truly obsessed with another human, you are convinced that you have everything to offer to this significant one, but can only marinate in confusion over the fact that she (or he) just isn’t able to see it. You may want to die for this person, you may want to abandon everything. This may even seem plausible in that given moment because you simply can’t fathom life without them. This feeling evolves over time and I think love becomes more complex as we get older. Young Hearts is dedicated to that unadulterated feeling (pun intended) that we only get once. Raw, uncontrolled and unexpected.
Listen to “Young Hearts” below.