Not many songs are written from a dogs point of view, but that is exactly what Max Starzeff has done with his beautiful ballad Take Me Away. Highlighting the plight of a Spanish Greyhound, one of many abandoned by their owners at the end of the hunting season, the song is heart tugging, emotive and beautiful. It plays with indie grace, pop accessibility and a haunting alt-folk resonance.
Take me Away is the master of understatement, using space and atmosphere, subdued harmonies and considered instrumentation to create its haunting passage through the listeners mind. This is all the more impressive considering that Max himself was on a recording and production learning curve whilst completing the song. Some songs are about the fun and the frivolous things in life, others react to the big issues and rally against the world but the power of music can be seen in songs such as this, ones that raise awareness, send a message, highlight and issue and do so via the most evocative music.