Drizzly, tingly, vibrant, dreary. But always with that intangible smile that glints into a bright future, ‘Yellow Hearts’ is a fantastic alt-pop single from a future emblem of such genre.
Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the video was shot in his hometown of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey.
On the day of his high school graduation, Saunders released the laid-back R&B influenced pop track. A full DIY effort, he wrote, recorded and produced “Yellow Hearts,” designed the artwork using Microsoft Paint and used TikTok to ask friends to share the track. Soon, two million TikTok videos were created in response. Since, “Yellow Hearts” has become a viral sensation, with over 75 million streams and charting on the Billboard Hot 100.
“A lot of people think it’s a love song, and it’s really not”, said Ant. “It’s about a girl who was interested at first, but over time I couldn’t tell anymore. Whenever I would give her a compliment, she’d respond with yellow hearts. I looked it up, and they stand for friendship but since not everybody goes by those meanings, the fact that I wasn’t sure became really stressful.”
Born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military, Saunders’ family eventually settled in the small town of New Jersey. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, he emphasized: ““I want to emphasize do it yourself,” he says. “I want to inspire the outcasts, the introverts and show them that they can do anything.”
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