A powerful duo brings listeners an anthem that glorifies nostalgia and a teenage mindset. Alex Crossan, Mura Masa, and Ellie Rowsell (of Wolf Alice) co-wrote the track off of his latest album, R.Y.C.
“I want to be free, romanticize reality,” sings Rowsell. Her ambient vocals carry the phrases to the coordinates of reminiscing and envisioning. Staring into the mental lens of memory, the lyrics hesitate to move on, yet the composition progresses. The rhythm quickens and every component sounds fuller and more excited, as if we’re diving back into the vivid past.
But at 2:30 the excitement fades, distorted auto-tuned vocals begin, and the pace decelerates. “Just try and see tomorrow, you’ll look back fondly, I promise,” sings Croswell. Self-assured and hopeful for the future, the track begins to accelerate again. Warped guitar strums rapidly energize the song as Rowsell’s vocals echo into open space.
With just 0:45 seconds left, the song explodes into the most electrifying part yet. Drums, guitars, and synthesizers all programmed to full throttle overtake the track. It’s vivacious and easily the best song on the album.
Enjoy the listen. xx