Atlanta native Joshua Pearlstein isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. It seems heartbreak might be his muse. His recent single, “Endorphins,” released on May 31, is a pulsating pop anthem crafted in a mere 36 hours, fueled by the sting of rejection. Pearlstein, a rising star currently honing his skills at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, pours his emotions into this track, creating a relatable and undeniably catchy journey through the complexities of love and ambition.

From the get-go, “Endorphins” grabs us by the ears. A driving beat kicks in, punctuated by shimmering synths that set an infectious groove. Pearlstein’s vocals enter, raw and brimming with desperate honesty. The opening lines, “Cause I don’t want to live a life, life / With another’s eyes, eyes,” instantly establish the song’s central conflict. Pearlstein wrestles with the idea of love as a distraction, fearing it will steal his focus from his musical aspirations. This tension between love and ambition fuels the entire track, making “Endorphins” a captivating listen.

As the track advances, the lyrics become increasingly desperate. Pearlstein fixates on the object of his affection, convinced she’s the key to unlocking a euphoric state (“You’d make all my endorphins scream”). He pleads with her to “listen to the sound of silence” in his heavy heart, a metaphor for the void left by her absence. There’s a sense of urgency in his delivery, a desperate plea for connection amidst the chaos of his emotions. Despite the heartbreak, the song ends on a hopeful note. The final refrain, “You know you do it, baby / On the floor / Oh woah,” leaves a lingering sense of optimism. Perhaps Pearlstein is acknowledging the power of love, even in the face of rejection. Or maybe it’s a declaration of self-reliance, a promise to find his source of happiness through music.

Joshua’s performance and delivery on “Endorphins” are truly remarkable. His vocals are both powerful and nuanced, conveying a range of emotions that draw us into his world. The passion in his voice is palpable, making each lyric feel deeply personal. Joshua’s ability to infuse his music with such genuine emotion is a testament to his talent as both a singer and a songwriter.

Now, the production of “Endorphins” is impressive too. Layers of shimmering synths create a soundscape that’s both modern and nostalgic, reminiscent of 80s pop with a fresh twist. The pulsating beat keeps the energy high and perfectly complements Pearlsein’s passionate delivery. His vocals are a standout – vulnerable yet powerful, he effortlessly conveys the emotional turmoil of the lyrics. There’s a rawness to his voice that feels genuine, It made it easy for me to connect with his pain and yearning. It truly got under my skin.

Overall, “Endorphins” is more than a breakup song. It’s a declaration of artistic purpose. Pearlstein takes the sting of rejection and channels it into a powerful anthem about following our dreams, no matter the heartbreak. This is a song that will resonate with those of us who have ever been knocked down but gotten back up, stronger than before. With “Endorphins,” Joshua Pearstein has delivered a track that will have us hitting repeat, caught in our musical obsession.

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PS: The artist was discovered on MusoSoup, and a contribution was made to publish this.