song: "Nowhere" - Shannon Lay
Life can be, and is for the most part, endlessly confusing. We’re all headed towards whatever or wherever is next, but what does that even mean in the grand scheme of things? We certainly can never unravel all the answers, but Shannon Lay turns the anxiety of meeting the unknown into something beautiful. “Nowhere” is the lead single from August, the follow-up to Lay’s wonderful Living Water. Once again, Lay’s astonishingly warm soprano, pounces on each note and whispers in your ear. Her vocals are on full display here, opening with the grandest of plans to close her eyes and head off to “Nowhere.” Her words become tangled in strings and drums, guiding you through the only journey with a secure destination. The single is unique and wonderful, prickling you with unexpected vocal takeaways and a flourishing finale that serves as a staggering culmination of every element packed within the near three minute track. We’re no closer to ever settling on a final destination, but Lay can take us to “Nowhere” in the meantime.
August is out 8/23 on Sub Pop Records.