Harry Styles covers some ground through his 13 songs on Harry’s house – heart-pounding synth, 80s-inspired groove and driving alt-rock numbers. Another unique taste of the album is his Fleetwood Mac-esque ballad, “Boyfriends”. The 28-year-old singer falls asleep throughout the song, talking about the struggles of modern dating and partners who just don’t seem to care.
After he premiered the song during his Coachella headline, the song quickly became a fan favorite, creating widespread buzz around his third album. Today (June 13), Styles brought the song to the Japanese YouTube performance series The first take bringing along his backing band for an acoustic rendition of the track.
The popular series features artists performing some of their greatest hits in one take. The channel has more than 6 million subscribers so far, making it the most subscribed omnibus music channel in the country. The principle is simple: a bare room, simple instrumentation and an artist performing a song in one take.
Styles’ video begins with him walking towards a microphone in a stark white room, introducing himself and the runway in his bobbled necklace and Gucci t-shirt. Shortly after, he and the rest of the band launched into the song with only a few guitar hits in mind.
The performance takes away any distraction from Styles’ vocal prowess as he easily sings the song. Watch the full performance below.
Fans around the world were clearly impressed with her efforts on the show as they took to social media to sing her praises.
Twitter user @pinkrry_ added the video to his morning routine, saying, “Harry Styles singing ‘Boyfriends’ on The First Take is the best way to start the day.” While another, @sad_yeeyee_, admitted they were hoping to see Styles stumble a little on the number, saying: “Is it bad that I want him to be a little wrong? but that’s harry styles and he was singing boyfriends so he’s not going to be wrong… he’s so perfect and for what?!”
Photo by Lillie Eiger / Courtesy of Sony Music