Who knew Charlie Puth had this in him? The singer who previously served up several charcuterie boards worth of cheese on “See You Again” and “Marvin Gaye” just dropped his new single “Attention” and it’s more than worthy of yours. The song is angrier and funkier than anything we’ve ever heard from Puth and features him telling off a former lover over the best pop radio bassline we’ve heard since “Fine China.”
“You just want attention, you don’t want my heart,” he sings. “Maybe you just hate the thought of me with someone new.”
Puth’s attacks are alternately backed by the aforementioned bassline and a disco-leaning rhythm guitar that would no doubt get recent Rock Hall inductee Nile Rogers to bob along. What makes the track even more impressive is the fact that Puth handled the production of the track entirely by himself. Here’s hoping that this is the type of music that Puth’s been wanting to make from jump, because an album’s worth of tracks in this mold would easily compete for best pop release of the year.
In addition to the single, Puth unveiled an art exhibit called The Attention Room, which replicates the brain’s reaction to receiving attention via an immersive display of LED lights. According to Idolator, the Los Angeles-based exhibit will be open until April 30.