The instrumentation for “Real Love” began more than a decade ago when Solarrio was living in Chicago (one of the many cities in which he’s lived – including Boston and Berlin) as a music producer. For the track, Solarrio brought on his father, Daniel Barenboim, a renowned pianist and conductor.
Guitar licks mix with a delicate piano in the “Real Love” introduction, before a drumbeat kicks in to up the ante. It’s a genre-free tune that has touches of John Mayer’s smooth percussion and Khruangbin’s vibey rhythms. Setting it apart is Solarrio’s distinct vocals.