Nicky Romero is one of those rare artists who can work with anyone and make his presence immediately known without overshadowing the collab. “Love You Forever” is no exception. Energy has never been a problem for a Nicky Romero song, but this one has a power all its own. You’ll find yourself being moved by the message as much as the music. It’s about being there for someone, reminding them that no matter how rough the road gets, they have you to lean on.
There are a million ways to say “I will love you forever,” but maybe no sentiment is tougher to say out loud. “Love You Forever” jumps between three casts of characters, all trying to say just that, in very different ways. The soft, naturally-lit cinematography puts us right in the room with our heroes, so we’re rooting for them as we would for ourselves. A teenager notices his aging grandma can’t quite work her sewing needles the way she once could. He spirits them away as she sleeps, grabs her supplies, and quickly realizes he’s going to need some help. A young couple moves into their first apartment and are less than blown away by what they see. No sweat. Well, actually, with a lot of sweat, they slowly begin turning a hovel into their home. Two children find an old family recipe on yellowed paper and do their messy best to make dumplings while their Mom is at the office. The meaningful gestures and imagery are the perfect visuals for a song that says something so simple so profoundly.