Heartache Never Felt So Good: Kyan Palmer & nicopop.’s “Unofficial Lover” ft. Yung Lamby

Unofficial Lover - Kyan Palmer x nicopop. ft. Yung Lamby

I keep making up stories – reality ain’t good enough…

What is it that drives us to be so hung up on love? We torture our hearts – or rather, our hearts torture us – when we long for something (or someone) out of reach, but it’s deeper than that – love isn’t a thing to be had; it’s an emotion to be felt; a connection to be embraced; a life to be lived. Modern R&B acts from The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, to Bryson Tiller, Gallant, and dvsn have howled over the pain of love, lending their talents to impassioned expressions of an innermost aching. Joining them today are Kyan Palmer & nicopop., whose first collaborative single “Unofficial Lover” (featuring Yung Lamby) glows with the powerful pulse of unrequited love.

Intimate and bittersweet, “Unofficial Lover” signals Kyan Palmer & nicopop.’s entrance into the poignant pantheon of R&B and future-pop’s lovelorn romantics.

I keep making up stories
Reality ain’t good enough
You say that you don’t love me
I know that you’re not serious
‘Cause you’re giving me signals
You’re making it clear
I know you’re kinda curious
Only gimme a minute
When I ask for a year
No, you’re never
making time for us
“Unofficial Lover” – Kyan Palmer x nicopop. ft. Yung Lamby

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Unofficial Lover,” the debut single from Palmer & nicopop.’s joint project featuring an artist by the name of Yung Lamby (we’re absolutely baaaahnkers over his Instagram page). The Los Angeles-based duo met and began working together through songwriting sessions in recent years; to date, they’ve penned hundreds of songs, pitching some to labels and bigger artists while saving others (like “Unofficial Lover”) for themselves. “Unofficial Lover” is the first of many songs the pair plan to release throughout 2019. Soaring with Palmer’s sultry vocals and nicopop.’s pristine productive, “Unofficial Lover” sets a high bar for the new duo — one we hope they break time and again this year.

And I, I’m living the high life
When you look in my eyes
I know I’m acting crazy
But, that’s the way you make me
Unofficial Lover - Kyan Palmer x nicopop. ft. Yung Lamby

Unofficial Lover – Kyan Palmer x nicopop. ft. Yung Lamby

Whereas nicopop. has kept a relatively low profile, 2018 saw Kyan Palmer’s emergence as a formidable indie R&B talent: His songs “Can’t Help It” and “Poetry in Motion” set our hearts ablaze through Palmer’s soothing and seductive craftsmanship. Atwood described Palmer’s duet with Haley Vassar, “Somebody Else,” as a mesmerizing depiction of heartbreak’s pain: “in bringing such dark, intimate suffering to life, they create a space for all broken-hearted souls to dwell, and perhaps find some sort of solace.” His 9-track debut EP Burn Mona Lisa came out in September 2018, and stands as a perfect jumping off point for understanding and appreciating his deeply emotive artistry.

“Unofficial Lover” reaches the pinnacle of heartache in a catchy, dramatic chorus full of passion and pain:

Oooh, I can’t recover
Don’t want another
Unofficial lover
Oooh, you pull me under
Don’t want another
Unofficial lover

Outpourings like this affirm the torture so many of us put ourselves through when it feels like love is just out of reach. Palmer and nicopop.’s volcanic eruption is at once expressive and seductive as they throw their full weight into the performance.

Kyan Palmer x nicopop

Kyan Palmer x nicopop

“I have worked with a ton of extremely talented people during my short time living in LA, but I still hadn’t found someone who really understood the kind of music I wanted to make… until one random session led me to nicopop.,” Palmer tells Atwood Magazine. “At the time, we had no plan of making a joint project, we were just creating together, but we took a step back we realized we made something special that we had to put out into the world together. “Unofficial Lover” is our first single because it represents our stories and our two styles coming together to make something new. I am so excited for everyone to hear chapter one of Kyan & nicopop.”

For nicopop., this duo is a match made in heaven: “Most days I spend in the studio, working in back to back sessions on songs that rarely (only sometimes) see the light of day. Kyan and I have a similar work ethics and have taste pallets that compliment each other really nicely in the studio. I remember in one of our first sessions, we wrote and produced “Unofficial Lover” off the cuff in one go. We both looked at one another and agreed — this was the one. I truly feel that when Kyan and I work together, we make the music we’ve always wanted to be making.”

I keep making up stories
In my mind
Cuz I just can’t believe that
You’re not mine
Oooh, don’t make me suffer
Don’t want another
Unofficial lover
Kyan Palmer x nicopop

Kyan Palmer x nicopop

For all the glitz and glam of their debut, “Unofficial Lover” is only the beginning for Kyan Palmer and nicopop; there’s really no telling what they’ll come back with next, or how it will move us in new directions – but their combined skills promise to evoke strong emotions, whether they’re indulging in agony or basking in joy.

Stream “Unofficial Lover” exclusively on Atwood Magazine in advance of its January 19th release, and soak in the electric heat of something new: Heartache never felt so good.

“Unofficial Lover” – Kyan Palmer x nicopop. ft. Yung Lamby

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com