Livi Jacobs’ “Better That Way” bursts through the musical foliage like a neon vine, unabashedly shining amidst the dark contours of pop’s dense forest. As her fifth single, it’s an adrenaline-pumped track that solidifies her as more than a blip on the radar; she’s a siren call to all ears craving that sweet spot between alternate pop and EDM zest.
From its onset, Jacob’s voice grabs hold—crystalline with an edge, as if each note is dipped in both honey and steel. Her 22-year-old vocal cords defy expectation, acutely embodying angst and bliss wrapped up in one sultry package. It’s this contrast that fuels “Better That Way,” painting audible pictures of heartache-laced independence.
The production is a polished playground for auditory exploration; distorted voices threaded among pristine beats invoke images of glimmering cityscapes at twilight—the end signalizing new beginnings. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill dance track; it’s therapy you didn’t realize was set to music until your feet start moving on their own accord.
Florida might be known for the sun, but Jacobs crafts shade and light equally well within her soundscape—it shimmies confidently into territories where heady bass meets slick synth stabs produces something remarkably fresh yet nostalgically familiar. You can almost smell the heady combination of summer rain on hot pavement—a fitting tribute to ephemeral relationships crystallized by time’s relentless march forward.
“Better That Way” offers freedom ensconced for about two minutes—not only does it affirm Livi Jacobs’ rapid ascendance but resonates with anyone who ever whispered (or shouted) into the void: yes indeed, sometimes it truly is better that way. Relatable yet robust—Jacobs ensures we’re all rapidly becoming fans not by force but by pure sonic seduction.