Track Review: Gnash ft. Johnny Yukon, ‘home’
Up and coming singer/songwriter Gnash shines on his second post-“I Hate U I Love U” single, “home.” He is assisted by Johnny Yukon.
Gnash has had a huge year. Single “I Hate U I Love U” (us) became an unexpected breakthrough hit. As of yet, the up-and-coming eclectic musician has been unable to match the success (“Something” was respectable, but not as notable). Perhaps his second post-“I Hate U I Love U” single, “home” can give him another hit. He’s assisted by Johnny Yukon on the hook.
“Home” opens with piano accompaniment. The track is sensationally produced. Yukon sings the intro/pre-hook. He possesses a tender, pleasant voice that’s warm and inviting. On the pre-hook, he sings:
“Doesn’t matter where we are /we are never far apart, no / doesn’t matter where we go / when I’m with you I am home / yeah, I am home.”
The chorus, follows the pre-chorus beautifully:
“Oh… / when I’m with you I am home”
A post-hook (“oohs,” etc.) arrives following the first verse.
Enough about Johnny Yukon though. Gnash raps on the first verse, delivering it with chill vibes. While he’s chill, he delivers personal content, anchored musically by heavy drums. Gnash spits:
“I think it was last year on my birthday when you broke the news / things ain’t rollin’ how we need them to and we have to move / but I said, ‘Dad get those moving boxes out the room’ / and cut the cake, I’ll get it, I got it, I’ll give you my all.”
On the second verse, he continues to be on autopilot, singing:
“Now I’m missin’ all these birthdays / just to put my family in a good place / cause that’s all that I wanted in the first place / cause I only do it for my family…”
Gnash’s vocal tone is lovely.
All in all, “home” is honest and authentic. This feels like a very personal song to gnash, explaining his modus operandi as a musician. It is well-written, well-performed, and extremely relatable. Gnash nails it without question. He says it best himself: “This shit’s forever.”
gnash • ‘home’ [single] • gnash • Release: 10.28.16
Photo Credit: gnash