“Why can’t you just love me?” sings Jesso on the longing, sentimental piano-driven track. Haim’s steady rhythm keeps the song from getting too melancholy as he sings, “But there is nothing out there for me, without you.”
The track will appear on Jesso’s debut album Goon, set for release on March 17th via True Panther Sounds. In an interview with Pitchfork, Jesso revealed that an all-star lineup of producers contributed to Goon, including Ariel Rechtshaid, Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, John Collins of the New Pornographers and Girls bassist Chet “JR” White. “The writing will always be the most important [thing] to me,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement. “The production, playing and singing I am still figuring out.”
Like “Without You,” the upcoming LP is heavy on the heartbreak, something Jesso and his producers felt his growing fanbase — which features the likes of Adele and Taylor Swift — could relate to. “Everyone has gone through a breakup and survived,” Jesso tells Rolling Stone. “People are like, ‘You know, [I’d] rather hear something I can really grab onto.'”
Haim recently contributed vocals to Calvin Harris’ bewitching single “Pray to God” off his 2014 album Motion as well as appearing on “Meltdown” with Stromae, Lorde, Pusha T and Q-Tip off the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. This summer, the sisters will be joining Taylor Swift on her 1989 tour for select dates.
Additional reporting by Cady Drell