Julia Knight has made quite the impression as she comes across my radar for the first time on “Like I Used To”. The track is a subtle, stunning exercise in pop and r&b that’s underscored by a wonderful, head-nodding groove. Knight’s performance elevates its excellent instrumental as she delivers sleek, pitch-perfect vocals that are impossible to shake upon first listen. I’ve been writing about music for a decade now, but there’s still an unquantifiable “it” factor that certain efforts have that I simply can’t put into words. “Like I Used To” undoubtedly fits in that category as it quickly asserts itself as one of my favorite tracks of the year.
That being said, I can quantify that “Like I Used To” feels like a hazy daydream. The sounds of the world blend into a comforting white noise, slivers of light shine through the eyelids, and consciousness fades back and forth with the imaginary. It’s a sense of pure, unadulterated comfort that sits somewhere between nostalgia for the past, anticipation for the future, and partial awareness of the present moment. I’ve spent countless hours of my life with hands under my head on desks, airplane trays, and everywhere in between, fading into a state that never fails to enamor me. With all this writing, I could go for a daydream right about now.