In the vibrant world of Cian O’Donoghue and Ivon Roberts, a straight guy and a bisexual guy walk into a bar, sparking a musical battle for the affections of a captivating girl. The battleground? A catchy synth-pop duet aptly titled ‘Better Guy.’ This dynamic duo, consisting of Cian O’Donoghue and Ivon Roberts, first crossed paths while collaborating on music in 2020. United by their admiration for each other’s work, they decided to join forces and create something extraordinary.
‘Better Guy,’ a product of their collaboration, is a playful and tongue-in-cheek exploration of the complexities that arise when modern-day courting culture collides with a splash of liquid courage. The track weaves together Cian’s smooth R&B vocals and Ivon’s sassy pop style, creating a unique blend reminiscent of folktronica meeting synth-pop, akin to the vibes of Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. Recorded in separate sessions in Dublin and London in 2023, the song originally flirted with the idea of evolving into a narrative where the two friends competing for the girl end up falling for each other. However, authenticity prevailed, and the duo opted for a more universally relatable take on the age-old scenario.
‘Better Guy’ is more than just a musical rendezvous; it’s a testament to the duo’s ability to infuse humor and honesty into their craft. With influences ranging from Ariana Grande to Ed Sheeran, Cian O’Donoghue and Ivon Roberts deliver a sleek and vibrant track that captures the essence of contemporary relationships with a fresh, lighthearted twist.