UPDATE: Frontman Ryan Tedder announced “Wherever I Go” drops May 13. Below is the official cover art:
OneRepublic readies new single “Wherever I Go” reportedly dropping May 20.
The secret is out. For several weeks, OneRepublic teased the single title to eager fans by sending them hand-written letters, asked them to participate in their mysterious promotional campaign. It remains to be seen how they’ll use the fan interaction, but the band’s lead singer, Ryan Tedder, is finally opening up about the group’s new song and upcoming album release.
Tedder talks to Wonderland magazine about the first single, claiming it isn’t an accurate signifier of how the rest of the record sounds.
“The single itself does not personify the entire album,” he says. “I think it’s gonna be shocking, kind of the first response anyone has is their eyes are kind of spread open like ‘Oh my god’. It’s not indicative of the entire album but it’s kind of like if you go have dinner, you don’t order steak for an appetizer and steak for dinner, you split it up, and you have different things, so the first single is – it’s definitely an appetizer, I think it’s the best appetizer we could come up with.”
He adds the song is under three-minutes long, was inspired by works from Miike Snow and uses completely live production.
“You could do an entire album on a laptop these days, and some of the biggest records are all electronic laptop driven, and there’s a lot of humanity, I think, missing in radio. And so we wanted to make sure that you could actually hear the human beings and the actual instruments that are in the actual songs, so that’s the last thing I’ll say. It’s new and very modern but there’s still a big dose of humanity in it because you can actually hear the players. The highest notes I’ve ever sang in my life are in this record.”
Director Joseph Kahn (Britney Spears “Toxic,” Taylor Swift “Bad Blood”) filmed the impending visual, which Tedder describes as “a bit of a mad kind of unicorn” and “bizarre.”