With City And Colour‘s release of 2011’s Little Hell, we found that Dallas Green would no longer be a part of Alexisonfire and would devote all of his attention to City And Colour. This single is the first release from Green and company since that announcement. The boys from City And Colour have hinted at this song with a few different videos, the first being released only a few days ago as a precursor of some in-studio promo that will soon be released, where the chorus of this song is showcased. The second and less obvious hint is in Little Hell‘s studio promo, where you can hear the lines “There’s an elephant in the back of the room and its standing in plain view, everyone can see, that it looks just like me” which obviously did not appear in Little Hell, but made its appearance here in the first single from the as-of-yet nameless forthcoming album.
The song’s lyrics lend itself to the lament of the nomadic lifestyle of an artist on the road. He muses on loneliness, coping, and hope for reuniting with those he left behind. The way Green weaves in and out of very specific emotions and broad storytelling gives weight to his already amazing songwriting talent. Dallas Green is very good at setting a mood with his words and backing it up with the remainder of the song and sticking to it, rather than vying off on a different tangent.
On the musical side the song, it is more on the simple side; with only strings, guitar, and some percussion. This is the classic mold that City And Colour rose to prominence with and it is refreshing to see him return to this with the first listen from the new album, it puts a heavy emphasis on the songwriting, which is Green’s strong suit. The deep percussion and strings remind of me of a Nick Drake song, though Green’s vocal approach to this song is much different than anything that might have come from Drake, you can definitely hear some 50’s folk in this song.
As for this song being the first to release from the new album, it is a safe choice. I can’t seem to decide if I should be displeased or praise Green for this. Namely because hardcore fans of the band, with some digging, could have picked up the majority of the lyrical content of the song through a couple videos; but i guess that is the point of a promo. Any new tunes from Dallas Green and his boys are welcome to my ears, as far as I am concerned he can do no wrong and he has proven that theory time and time again with every release.