words: Michael Brooks
“Flailing Orbits”, the most recent offering from Anna McClellan’s new album Yes and No, is a gut-wrenching examination of how arduous and intricate love truly is. The track is a cosmic journey through a relationship that has run its course; whereas most songwriters evoke imagery of the infinite abyss to provide an insight of how small and meaningless we are, McClellan instead uses it to find clarity. Yes and No was conceived during a solo road trip McClellan took in 2015, fittingly so as the track's alt-country groove sounds like restless nights spent on empty stretches of highway. McClellan’s voice is as sorrowful as it is unwavering; her tone carries a certain tenderness to it that could provide comfort to even the weariest of travelers. “Flailing Orbits” is a brief but necessary pit stop on the road to self-realization, a beautiful ode to melancholy and resilience.
photo: Ebru Yildiz.