Premiere: JOHN.k Delivers Post-Breakup Catharsis and Clarity on “Wrong”

Premiere: JOHN.k Delivers Post-Breakup Catharsis and Clarity on “Wrong”

According to JOHN.k, it's not you—it's them.

According to JOHN.k, it's not you—it's them.

Text: Erica Russell

Heartbreak is one hell of a drug. Once you take a hit, it courses through your veins at lightspeed, intoxicating you with an impermeable gloom and sense of guilt. It alters your very chemistry until you’re just a shell of the person you were before your heart was ripped from your chest. Once the brutal high of heartache fades, though, the withdrawal isn't so bad: reality kicks in and allows you to see clearly again. For emerging electro-pop artist JOHN.k, this means realizing the breakup wasn’t his fault.

On his new single, “Wrong,” the soulful crooner waxes lyrical on the dissolution of a toxic relationship—the kind that really messes with your mind—over a swirling soundscape of mellow synths and moody R&B beats. As he confronts a “hollow” ex about their manipulative head games, his soaring falsetto punctuating each verse with resolve, he absolves himself.

“‘Wrong’ is an exploration of the ending of a relationship,” JOHN.k, who hails from Orlando, explains of the track, premiering on V exclusively. “One where you give everything to make it work and it still isn't enough. You blame yourself over and over until in a moment, you realize it wasn't you who went wrong. It was them.”

It’s an all too relatable epiphany... as well as a much-needed cathartic message for the recently brokenhearted. (It’s not you, baby, it’s them.)

Listen below.

Photo courtesy of Easton Schirra

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