“Stay With Me”
We’re not going to CMJ kids, for the fourth consecutive year that we’ve been aware of it’s existence. Gutted. Bank said “you’ve sunk X amount into releasing VINYLS for some kinda band, and now you want us to float an all-expenses trip to New York so you can listen to music all day, drink beer and enjoy LIFE?? You, my pedigree chum, can jog on and do the proverbial one”. Well, they didn’t, but that’s what we imagine they would say if we could ever entertain the possibility of having a normal conversation with our bank manager (who is called Chris, by the way, and is also, rather unexpectedly upon our first face-to-face encounter, a middle-aged cockney woman. It is debatable as to whether this makes us sexist, but please believe we really don’t mean to be). Still, seeing as we’re used to not going by this point, all is not lost. We still have the internet as our conduit to the big wide world of music and it is indeed limitless. Except for China, mind. This makes us think whether the same majestic bewilderment we experience when coming across a band such as Los Angeles’ NO is the same as the candle-lit magic – yeah, we’re talking about that bit in Almost Famous – that a kid feels when they listened to a Who record (all records were made on vinyl back in the day, thus they just called them all “records”) for the first time back in 1970-something. Stay With Me could well be the new take-off to The National‘s leave-off with High Violet. A vocal song structure that instantly makes a similar impact to that of Ash‘s Shining Light, combined with a modernistic take on Americana a la Owen Holmes‘ Gospel Music, some classic rock progression in the songwriting style of Dire Straits‘ Mark Knopfler and a lyrical content that rivals that of the most recent and prolific of heartstring-tuggers Keaton Henson in terms of a yearning desire to be understood by one’s closest companion quite clearly gives the impression that there is a hell of a lot going on here. It’s certainly captivated our imagination and, personally, has revalidated our opinion that this has been one of the greatest years of harvesting new music that actually means something in quite some time.
NO – Stay With Me