This track is simple but effective. The vocals are effortless and emotion filled, instantly bringing you into the narrative of the song. The production is smooth and easily listenable, while the synths and guitars are layered so that you hear something new each time you listen. Soanes’ voice is pop-punk but the track behind him is laid back, providing an interesting contrast that highlights both aspects.
The video emphasises the story of the song perfectly, with the overexposed version of Soanes showing every movement in his face, each emotion on full display. The double of him towards the end of the video representing the introspective nature of the lyrics shows that this song has truly come from somewhere deep within the artist. Soanes had this to say about the meaning behind the song:
“The song was originally written years ago before I even released music, it was written as a love song to a girl I was dating at the time, however, in recent times when I decided to rework the song, I had broken up with the girl… this gave the song a whole new meaning and vibe completely, it’s a happy song that went sad, now the meaning is as followed; the main character is going through/has gone through a breakup and realises their fault, they regret it all and want to reach out to their ex to be on good terms, however they can’t find the words to justify their apology or feelings, the girl refuses to reply or give him another chance (“hello my dear I’m standing here waiting on you / I’m facing my fears waiting on you”), this is a personal experience to me”.
For Soanes, music is a way of expressing the difficult times in his life after being diagnosed with autism, while he uses it as a creative outlet to deal with depression and anxiety. Soanes also uses his music to raise awareness and provide a platform for people who need help, with the artist also choosing his album to be a show of support for the charity ‘Samaritans’.
I highly recommend giving the rest of his record a listen if you enjoy this song, it keeps with the chill vibe while and simultaneously keeps a punk edge, with each song expressing another side of this promising artist.
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