It breaks my heart to see that my last post was in February. I really wanted to finish 2015 out strong with a solid 52 weeks of continuous music review posts – but the overall project proved much tougher to stick with than I initially realized.
My boss went out on maternity leave, I sold my beloved Prius, and life got complicated – so as a result I have been short on inspiration and time to share my music finds with you all. But in the meantime I have been keeping up with monthly reviews for EarToTheGround (ETTG) Music blog, and have had no shortage of great tunes for the daily drive.
I’m coming back strong – aiming for monthly reviews in the summer, not weekly – and hoping to finish up my 52 review goal and come up with a plan on how to reasonable maintain this going forward. My returning gift to you is this special review of a beautiful single from one of my favorite ETTG artists, Michael McArthur. Hot off the presses, so listen and enjoy! I’ll be back again soon.
“Goodbye Lover” by Michael McArthur
When you’re waiting for a new album from an admired artist, it is always fun to learn about new singles released in the interim that keep you happy in the meantime. “Goodbye Lover” was a nice surprise, recently recorded by Michael in L.A. with support from well-known producer Greg Wells and released to iTunes in April. I had really enjoyed Michael’s full-length release “Magnolia” as well as his holiday cover of “Imagine”, so I knew this was a song I had to experience.
The song starts out really stripped down, basic guitars creating an arpeggio-type foundation to highlight Michael’s strengths as a vocalist (I would describe him as a slightly more sensitive Adam Levine). A background feeling from reverb like wind chimes moves in and out, as he laments that “our light burned out too soon”.
Despite the heavy subject matter of heartbreak, this song has a memorable, light and easy-rolling chorus: “Goodbye lover, goodbye friend / We had a good run, but now we’ve reached the end / As for me, if you’re wondering /I’ll be countin’ all the days ‘till I see you again”. Beautiful harmonies waft in and out, as well as rhythmic backing vocals on the emotional bits, pleading “Please don’t forget about me – I’m scared, I’m sorry.”
Slight drums à la Peter Gabriel chime in at the very end with a world-beat, islander feel. And Michael’s voice really lets loose here – he is not afraid to let it wail for an effect that is wistful and soulful, vulnerable and broken.
Four minutes and two seconds goes by in a flash – too soon. This track would be a treat for the listener who is already a fan, or an intriguing introduction to a talented new artist. Check it out!
Link to Audio on Michael’s Site: