6 Songs, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his 2015 EP Vxiixi, Johnny Orlando accurately illustrated the butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling of having a teenage crush. Now, at the age of 16, the Canadian pop singer moves past the awkwardness of first love and welcomes a new trial into his life: teenage heartbreak. The YouTube sensation turned bona fide pop star’s follow-up EP captures the excitement of growing up with tender melancholy. On the bouncy, trap-influenced “Last Summer,” Orlando waxes nostalgic over a summer romance that is still fresh in his mind. The skittering uptempo ballad “Piece of My Heart” is more bittersweet, with Orlando reluctantly accepting the difficulty of maintaining a long-distance relationship for the first time. When the singer is feeling more perked up, like on the bouncy electro-pop of “Sleep,” he’s charming you with his boyish croon. Orlando untangles all those messy emotions with unbridled joy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his 2015 EP Vxiixi, Johnny Orlando accurately illustrated the butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling of having a teenage crush. Now, at the age of 16, the Canadian pop singer moves past the awkwardness of first love and welcomes a new trial into his life: teenage heartbreak. The YouTube sensation turned bona fide pop star’s follow-up EP captures the excitement of growing up with tender melancholy. On the bouncy, trap-influenced “Last Summer,” Orlando waxes nostalgic over a summer romance that is still fresh in his mind. The skittering uptempo ballad “Piece of My Heart” is more bittersweet, with Orlando reluctantly accepting the difficulty of maintaining a long-distance relationship for the first time. When the singer is feeling more perked up, like on the bouncy electro-pop of “Sleep,” he’s charming you with his boyish croon. Orlando untangles all those messy emotions with unbridled joy.

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