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joan releases a music video for their “something special” single

joan (Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford) is a much-loved duo from Arkansas. Not too long ago, they released a music video for their “something special” single, an uplifting ode to realizing you’re in love with your best friend.

joan – “something special” music video

“This song makes you feel so nice, and if you disagree, we can’t be friends. Sorry, but it’s true. This song started as a Doobie Brothers tribute song, just having some fun one day. We were just messing around with keyboard sounds and came across the chords to what are now the chorus chords. We looked at each other and said, ‘Wow, this feels special. Oh, special. Let’s write around that word.’ And then, all the sudden, the lyrics to the chorus fell into place and we just got more and more excited with each minute that passed. The rest of the song just kind of worked itself out.” – joan explained

‘something special’ contains a relatable narrative and ear-pleasing vocals that will resonate well with fans of Lauv and The 1975. The intoxicating new tune possesses vibrant instrumentation flavored with a contemporary pop vibration tinged with the sweetest hint of ‘90s R&B influences. Furthermore, “something special” will be featured on joan’s forthcoming EP, entitled, “hi,” set to be released late in 2021 alongside a partner EP, entitled, “bye.” joan’s new chapter, ‘wave era,’ will see new singles from the two EPs landing on the first Thursday of each month.


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“We’re both happily married to our wives. And both of our stories include us feeling like we connected like best friends and then realized, ‘Oh, I’m in love with my best friend, that’s so lucky.’ That’s what this song is about, knowing there’s more than just a friendship there, and hoping the other person feels the same. There isn’t a feeling quite like that, feeling so deeply about someone on a friendship level and also feeling such a deeper love than friendship. We’re lucky to have both experienced that, life is good.” – joan explained

joan has spent the past few years building their musical empire, single by single, and tour date by tour date. Their debut EP, 2019’s “portra,” and last year’s EP, “cloudy,” have been streamed well over 90 million times. Also, the duo has over a million listeners a month across various streaming platforms.


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“After we released ‘cloudy/partly cloudy,’ we got straight to work, writing so many new songs. We found that the songs were naturally falling into two different camps. So, we decided rather than trying to force them to work together, it would be more interesting to release two EPs over the course of the year.” – joan explained

joan spent much of 2019 on the road with the major US and international tours supporting the likes of The Aces, COIN, Bloc Party, and Jeremy Zucker. Also, they played to fans across Asia with headline shows and festivals in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Early 2020 saw them playing to sold-out crowds across the US on their first headline tour, including having to add additional shows in LA to accommodate ticket demand. Their virtual cloudy release show in August 2020 boasted thousands of ticket sales from fans who tuned into their live stream. 2021 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for joan because they are only getting started.

“something special” single

joan - “something special” song cover art

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