If one factor goes to get us by way of these exhausting occasions, it’s our ‘Buddies.’ Jesse McCartney reunites along with his ‘Greek’ co-stars – Jacob Zachar, Scott Michael Foster, and Paul James — for a brand new video that he says is ‘ridiculously’ enjoyable.

“The plain factor is that, it’s throughout COVID proper now. It’s fairly troublesome to assemble your conventional crew to shoot your typical music video,” Jesse McCartney says in an EXCLUSIVE interview with MeSlop about his new music video, “Buddies.” In the visible, out as we speak (July 24), Jesse transforms one other annoying video name along with his former Greek castmates — Scott Michael Foster, Jacob Zachar, and Paul James – into one thing wonderful. Because of some crackin’ coding, Jesse opens a portal right into a world with hamburger bushes, Willy Wonka-style pictures, Mexican luchadores, a Turbo Teen reference, and a punk rock tortoise. There’s even a cameo from Jesse’s fiancé, Katie Peterson. The one factor that’s not on this magical world of “Buddies”? Coronavirus.

“You already know, I at all times wished to do an animated video,” Jesse tells MeSlop, “so it type of appeared like the right time. The son’s simply so enjoyable, so it simply felt like it could be such a cool, good backdrop for a very loopy, inane, ridiculous video, which that is.” Click on right here to hearken to Jesse speak about his new music on the MeSlop podcast.

Jesse McCartney, considering how a lot he loves his ‘Buddies’ (Blair Brown)

“The track form of took on an entire new that means when this pandemic began,” says Jesse, “The track was written effectively earlier than [COVID-19] and, you already know, they weren’t in any approach related. I simply wished to jot down a track that was romantic about friendship as a result of I don’t assume you hear that so much in pop. Positive, you hear about relationships which might be nice or aren’t nice. But it surely was similar to type of a brand new thought of speaking about how nice it’s to have mates in your life. After which after I took on this entire new that means with the pandemic, it then grew to become nostalgic for individuals like, ‘oh, my gosh, I can’t see my mates once more.’ So when it got here time for the video, it simply felt well timed to do that Zoom name, you already know, the place everybody was Zooming in that at that second — everybody nonetheless is there.”

“These [elements] are type of all got here collectively, and we tried to make it type of match with the occasions. And I believe everybody will relate to it if you happen to’ll be acceptable.”

Jesse McCartney, wanting sharp (Blair Brown)

“We even put within the glitchy-ness. We edited it within the glitchy-ness the Zoom calls as a result of there isn’t a Zoom name with out individuals both talking over one another, a canine barking, somebody being on Mute, strolling into the Zoom occasion late. For traditional to m.  that decision represents what it’s like for each Zoomer on the market. For positive, I’m burnt out on Zooming. I inform all my mates now, simply FaceTime me if you happen to should. Or simply name or textual content me.’ Simply quaint, you already know?  Like, I do know what you appear to be. [laughs]”

With COVID-19 throwing a filter over popular culture, sure songs have inadvertently taken on totally different contexts. Music about being metaphorically free all of a sudden represents with the ability to break quarantine and stroll exterior. Songs about sustaining a constructive psychological perspective develop into each day affirmations in entrance of the rising variety of constructive instances. Even tracks like Males At Work’s “Who Can It Be Now” might be about anybody who relied closely on FreshDirect/Sunbasket/Vitacost orders at first of the pandemic. Although

“It’s simply it’s so loopy,” mentioned Jesse. “It’s type of actually derailed all of our plans. I hoped to launch an album early July or late June and tour proper on the again of that. We had a summer time tour deliberate. I canceled an Australian tour in April, and the whole lot’s simply been up within the air. II assume till we all know extra, we’re simply type of taking it a step at a time.”

“The excellent news is,” he provides, “is that the album was completed so I can proceed to launch music, one track at a time which. That appears to be form of the brand new paradigm, anyway. Form of take it from there so far as like launch date goes.” As for what sort of music followers can count on when the LP drops, Jesse tells MeSlop that these new songs are “very a lot about my life and a bit extra introspective perhaps than a few of my different earlier work.”

“It’s nonetheless pop album,” he provides, “however it has a little bit bit extra of a ‘singer-songwriter’ really feel, a bit extra natural in locations and simply extra susceptible.” Jesse’s new album covers “my life within the final 15 years and what it’s been like on this on this business rising up as a teen within the highlight. Now, [I’m] in my early thirties and engaged. … I’m actually pleased with the work. I simply want we might have launched it unexpectedly. However, I didn’t need to put out the entire album and wait a yr and a half to tour on it. So, we’re simply going to take our time, type of launch a little bit by little and type of do what we’ve been doing and to date. It retains the followers on the hook. And I really feel like they’re actually into the primary two songs. So, taking it a step at a time.”

When the album does drop, followers ought to try a particular observe on the LP. “There’s a track on the brand new album referred to as ‘Lemonade’ that actually type of sums up my final couple of years of being on this relationship with my now fiancée,” he tells MeSlop. “We obtained a home collectively. We dwell collectively now within the canyons of Los Angeles. [On ‘Lemonade’] I speak about dwelling within the canyon and what that’s like and simply driving by way of this place together with her and the way it’s develop into our house. I believe that track stands out to me.

It’s form of the center of the album,” he continues, “and the blueprint of the remainder of the work on it. It’s a few of my private finest writing so far. I actually took loads of time with the writing course of and wished to have a physique of labor that I felt was a track lent itself to the subsequent. And ‘Lemonade’ is only a actually, I believe, a heartfelt document. I believe lots of people can relate to.”