Today, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Mandy Moore released “Finding You Backwards,” a single made for the new Amazon Original romantic comedy starring Charlie Day and Jenny Slate, I Want You Back. The film will make its debut just in time for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 11, and the song is available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music now.
The Dawes frontman was inspired by the movie to co-write the heartfelt duet “Finding You Backwards” with Moore, to whom he’s married, and the movie’s composer, Siddhartha Khosla. The team met at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles to record the sentimental cut.
“Sidd is a master composer/songwriter and based on the little music I heard during our first conversation, the line ‘Finding You Backwards’ showed up right away,” said Goldsmith in a press release. “Then getting to sing it with my wife made it even more special for us. We’re very psyched to be a part of this movie but even more so to have created such an important memory for us.”
Goldsmith and Khosla’s collaboration delivered a loving musical motif that later impacted the film’s entire score. The melodic hook introduced throughout the film paired with the tender husband and wife arrangement led to the film’s sincere final scene.
“After reading the script I wrote a piece of music that ended up becoming the main musical motif of the film’s score. The theme had this distinct melodic hook that we’d been teasing throughout the film, and so it felt natural to turn that theme into a classic sounding song to end the film,” Khosla added in the release. “I proposed that Taylor and I write the song together, and Jason[Director of the film, Jason Orley] was thrilled by the idea as he and I both are huge fans of Taylor’s band, Dawes. Taylor wrote beautiful lyrics to my melody and music, and to cap it off Taylor and Mandy sang it so gorgeously as a duet.”
Listen to the Amazon Original track “Finding You Backwards” here or below:
Watch a trailer for I Want You Back below:
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