Following a two-year break from touring and releasing music, The Chainsmokers have returned to unveil their new single “High” today. The song, which was co-written and co-produced with Whethan, launches a new musical era for the band and kicks off the journey towards their upcoming fourth full-length album. The song’s official music video has also premiered today and follows the guys to death-defying heights as Drew chases his unattainable significant other through several surreal scenarios, and showcases navigating through a world where love is always fleeting.
The band has also said of the single, “The song perfectly captures the spirit of today’s relationships, the lengths we will go for someone we love, and the lies we tell ourselves to continue on unhappily. However, underlying these dark and often contentious lyrics is a production that feels celebratory because we all know at the end of the day, we never listen to advice, we do what feels best for ourselves and keep telling ourselves it will be different this time.”
The Chainsmokers will perform “High” live for the first time ever during the Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers NFC Championship Game Halftime Show Presented by Audi this Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The game kicks off at 3:30pm PT / 6:30pm ET, will be broadcast on FOX.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on New Music Daily on Apple Music 1, Drew said, “I think we were happy with our last couple albums, but we just didn’t feel that those songs were really like living up to what we really thought we were capable of. That wasn’t honoring of where we thought Chainsmokers could go. And we needed some time to just stop and chill.
“And we went away to Hawaii in the beginning of 2020. We just went and surfed and drank and laughed and took mushrooms and listened to tons of music that we loved. And we just got refocused. Then we had Emily Warren with us and Whethan and Ian Kirkpatrick and we just all got on a vibe together and made what’s now the backbone of our fourth album and it feels genreless. It’s fun. It incorporates all these sounds that we’ve loved from our entire lives of listening to music. And it’s exciting to press play… cultivating your creativity is one of the hardest things to do. And we landed back in that little wave and ever since then, I think we’ve been more inspired now than we have in the past four years. And so we’re excited to show everybody all the stuff we’re making,”
Check out “High” below.