The prelude of tentatively intricate chord progressions from the acoustic guitar may have been saliently sweet. But when the pensively arrestive vocals to The Last Man Running’s debut single “New Backyard” kick in, it becomes apparent that there are few who progress what the up and coming singer songwriter does.
With the same enamouring allure as artists such as Elliot Smith and James Yorkston, New Backyard unfolds under a transient amount of devastatingly beautiful weight. Whether it was the cinematic swells of the mesmeric instrumental arrangements or the concordance behind the vocals which left me already impatient to hear more from the up and coming artist it’s hard to say. Despite the smooth melodicism of the single, New Backyard still packs a plaintive punch, it’s unlikely that anyone who has the pleasure of stumbling across the single will come away feeling bruised.
You can check out the Last Man Running’s single New Backyard for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast