Today, Toronto R&B-pop crooner Ali Gatie spills his heart out on “Can’t Let You Go,” the first single from his upcoming EP, The Idea of Her. Listen HERE. After teasing snippets to an overwhelming response from his fans, he’s officially sharing the track, which finds him attempting to hold on to love with a gorgeous accompanying video. Watch it HERE. All told, it’s a thrilling peek into The Idea of Her, which boasts an impressive list of collaborators, including Ty Dolla $ign, Alessia Cara, Tate McCrae, and Marshmello. The EP is out March 26th on Warner Records and it’s available for pre-order now.
On the heels of being nominated for three Canadian Juno Awards (Artist of The Year, Album of The Year for ‘YOU,’ and Fan Choice Award), the soulful ballad “Can’t Let You Go,” arrives with Ali singing about love and loss before slipping in some of his native Arabic. The video reflects the soft hues of the song as he pours out his confessions against an elegant black-and-white backdrop, supported by a shadowy pair of dancers draped in silk. It’s simple yet affecting, like the song itself. “‘Can’t Let You Go’ is about a hopeless romantic holding on to a love that’s long faded,” Ali explains. “I wrote the song to describe the struggles of moving on and how impossible it may seem at times.”
This vulnerable slow-burner builds on the vibe of his 2019 breakout, “It’s You,” which has been streamed nearly 2 billion times and RIAA Certified Double Platinum. “Can’t Let You Go” sets the stage for The Idea of Her, a conceptually inspired effort that only intensifies the emotion and connection Ali Gatie has become known for as he pushes his sound in totally new directions.
With “Can’t Let You Go,” the Toronto talent adds to his growing list of lovesick hits, including “Lie To Me” with Tate McRae, “Running on My Mind,” “If I Fall in Love,” “What If I Told You That I Love You,” and “Welcome Back” featuring Alessia Cara. In under three years, he’s surpassed 3.5 billion global streams, while racking up over 19 million streams a week and 11 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Even with a sold-out world tour and Coachella slot put on hold, he’s continued to grow a huge following.
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