This is the first single to be released by Shropshire born musician Ted Russet since uprooting to Liverpool to study songwriting at Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts. Having built up a small group of loyal fans, the move to Liverpool means a new audience to tap into and capture.
Making the claim that he’s “just another bedroom musician” would do him a disservice. You can hear the love, sweat, and years of practice in the music. It takes a confident musician to write a song about going your own way (see Lindsey Buckingham), and that shines through in all 205 seconds of this song.
Remember that first time you tasted just a little bit of freedom; the smell of a campfire that’s run out of wood, the living room with the mild tang of cheap alcohol – before every night of drinking turned into a headache worse than the last one. That’s this song, youthful optimism shouted from the rooftops.
The song makes a statement, a statement that although the people around you can be the things that move you and keep you moving, it’s up to you to decide where life takes you. It’s triumphant, and that ping pong delay on the chorus sounds gorgeous.
After listening to the song a few times, I can’t help but hum the chorus - it’ll circle your head like a rubber duck in an emptying bathtub. I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Mixed by Will Mason (Currently studying at LIPA)
For fans of: Bombay Bicycle Club, Dan Croll, Clean Cut Kid (modern indie)