One man pop band Robert DeLong has revealed his new single "Better In College", featuring up and comer Ashe. "Better In College" is a unique and uber-catchy pop track, in which DeLong's Autotune-heavy vocals contrast beautifully with Ashe's old-school, vintage vocal quality. Together, Robert's sense of groove and Ashe's knack for melody deliver an anthem reminiscent of college days.
The perfect choice to feature on the record, Ashe has recently found worldwide success with her single "Moral of the Story", with the latest version sporting a coveted Niall Horan feature and more than 10 million streams.
In writing the track, the pair realised they were both freshly out of relationships that started in college, and connected over feeling both a need for change and sentimental for the past at the same time.
Robert said, "Ashe and I started writing about two weeks after I had just ended a 10 year relationship. As post-break-up conversations often do, this led to us commiserating over the recent end of both of our long-term partnerships that began as college-era romances. The process was a lovely and fluid meeting of the minds. The song was a joy to write and produce, and ended up being quite special because of it."
While sharing their individual stories, they also discovered that they had a friend in common, a college classmate and former crush of Ashe's. Ashe shares, "We wrote 'Better in College' about a guy I crushed on back in school who is ironically now a good friend of both of ours. To Rob, love ya. Guy from college, you know who you are."
Known as a 'one man pop band', Robert DeLong's 2018 collaboration with K.Flay "Favorite Color is Blue" has been streamed over 14 million times worldwide. Over 400K fans tune in to DeLong on Spotify each month, and have racked up more than 23 million views on YouTube. He has shared the road with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Charli XCX, Bleachers and AJR.
His 2015 sophomore album, In The Cards, yielded a string of fan favorite singles such as "Don't Wait Up" and the smash "Long Way Down", which peaked at #3 on the Alternative Chart and clocked over 40 million Spotify streams. The record garnered acclaim from Billboard, Baeble Music, iHeart.com, and more.
Meanwhile, California's Ashe is an emotive performer who combines poetic, singer/songwriter pop with electronic flourishes. In 2017, Ashe released her official debut solo single, "Used to It", followed by The Rabbit Hole EP in 2018. In 2019, she returned with two more EPs, Moral of the Story: Chapter 1 and 2, both of which featured production by FINNEAS. In February 2020, Ashe's song "Moral of the Story" landed at number five on the Billboard digital charts after it was featured in the hit Netflix series To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.
Through the lens of nostalgia, this successful pair have crafted a song about a profound end to a long-lasting relationship, and the naivete of a collegiate crush.