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In Review: Sonder's "Make Me Stay"

Brent Faiyaz formed the group Sonder with producers Dpat and Atu in October of 2016. The group released its first EP in 2016 and has been successful ever since. The word “Sonder” represents the realization that others also have a complex life of their own along with their thoughts. The group got the name from Brent, who has the word tattooed on his forehead. On October 21st, the group released their EP 'Too Late To Die Young'. The first track on the project "Make Me Stay", grabbed our attention, but does it make us stay?


This track holds true to the classic R&B sound that Brent usually has. The song has a slightly ominous feel and Brent's luscious voice floats over the keys. Brent sings tantalizing harmonies over a smooth guitar. Percussion is brought in with the second verse along with a synth. The instrumental cuts out at the end to let Brent's voice shine. The beat itself does not change often and is on a loop throughout the track. The sound gains Sonder a 6/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.


Brent sings about a woman who he interacted with on a one-time basis and had no intention of continuing a relationship with. He sings, “you can't make me stay” and “girl you say you are in love (no you ain't)”. He often sings about situations where women want relationships with him, although he has no interest in one. In terms of lyrics, the group gets a 6/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.


The group released the video for their EP, “Too Late to Die Young” on April, 7th 2021, and finally released the EP on streaming on October, 21st, 2022. The visuals for this track switch between grainy images of the group and cars on the street. The film was shot by Liam Walsh, Dpat, Darren Xu, and Alondra Buccio. The group went to Instagram to thank fans for getting the EP to be in the number-one spot on Apple Music. Fans responded positively, telling the group their favorite songs from the project in the comments. For their art, the group gets an 8/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.

All in all, the song receives a 6/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.

Stream the track below.


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