Dave Thomas Junior Portrays The Conflicting Emotions Post-Break Up In Single, “Still In Love”
Most people endure heartbreak in their lifetime, followed by wondering if they’ll ever find love again. Some people, though, have a harder time moving on, especially if they realize they are still in love with their ex-partner. In Dave Thomas Junior’s latest single, “Still In Love,” the songwriter beautifully captures the pain and harrowing realization of not being able to move on because they still love their former partner.
Fans of Bon Iver will fall in love with Dave’s soft, light vocals and acoustic instrumental that flirts into shoegaze territory with its almost ethereal tone. The song begins with a mix of acoustic guitar and piano, although in comparison to similar breakup songs, “Still In Love” is played at a faster tempo, emphasizing this desperation to remain in denial of one’s true feelings.
Dave describes the song as capturing how,
“Getting over something can feel like 1 step forward and 2 steps back. This song is about suddenly realizing the steps back are happening. You can think and think and think of anything else. You can ignore the words in your head. You can make yourself busy. You can look away. But deep down you’ll know this glorious truth, that you don’t want to let go no matter how much it hurts.”
The lyrics paint this picture through descriptions such as, “Naked truth before my eyes/ Cheap shots I still realize,” and contradictions like, “If all else fails deny deny/ I am wide-eyed I am blind.” It’s a portrayal of wrestling with these emotions when one tries to move on but refuses to acknowledge they are still in love with their ex. The chorus is only two lyrics, with Dave repeating, “Still in Love,” cut in with, “I can’t give up.” The simplicity of these two lyrics, combined with the soft earnestness of Dave’s voice, showcases a sincerity that makes the song even more haunting and beautiful.
Listen to “Still In Love” below:
Dave Thomas Junior has grown up loving music and starting with playing his neighbor’s piano around four or five years old. With a music career spanning over a decade, Dave has continued fueling his love for music and even earned an audio engineering degree. Recently, his single “Silence & Little Piece Of Nothing” was featured on Ricky Gervais’ Afterlife 2. Another one of his singles, “Hue,” was also included in Netflix’s Atypical.