Matthew Koma is moving into a new phase of his career.
And I’m not talking about the Seaford native’s newfound celebrity now that his relationship with singer-actress Hilary Duff is public, though they seemed like a very nice couple as paparazzi followed them through Costa Rica on Valentine’s Day.
No, Koma’s new chapter started with his single “Kisses Back” and picks up steam with the new single “Hard to Love” (RCA).
“I’m OCD with panic attacks,” he sings on the groove-driven dance track co-produced by Louis The Child, part of the team behind The Chainsmokers’ smash “Closer.” “I’ve got a thing for Japanese dry snacks. My voice was on like every ... [expletive] house track. Tell me when you’ve heard enough.”
It’s a charming bit of writing, done in a style we haven’t heard from Koma, best known for co-writing Zedd’s “Clarity” and Tiesto’s “Wasted.” He sounds more approachable, especially on the acoustic version of the single, released last week, where it’s just him and a guitar.
Koma lets listeners in on some inside jokes and clever turns of phrase, like “you’re the only one I plus,” and it shows how “Hard to Love” will make it easier to fall for Koma when his upcoming album arrives.