Picture this: Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes with his relentless guitar arpeggios and fretwork atop his gravelly pipes in his brain-cramping slates of gritty ballads all cramped up in his most successful album to date, “Illuminate”.
You might think he keeps walking on the same creative road trodden by John Mayer, but Mendes who has constantly refined his approach and upgraded his techniques knows that he can reinvent the wheel to keep fans puzzling and poring over his own artistic proceedings. And yep, the young artist has proven his mettle once again by releasing the uptempo, remix-ready big-room banger “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, a vibrant cut from the special edition of “Illuminate”.
“Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” starts slow and flits into a summer jam fashioned by global beats and melded into a transfixing soundscape about getting high on love and losing oneself putting his tender pipes to test to rapidfire chorus: Oh, I’ve been shaking / I love it when you go crazy / You take all my inhibitions /Baby, there’s nothing holdin’ me back. It was refreshing to hear Mendes keeping up with the sound of the now, and this meandering track surely paves his way for electronic experimentals.