Columbus Jangle-Pop Cuties Trying Drop Sweet New Single "With Love,"
Here at The Music Mermaid, we love Trying. Based in Columbus, OH, the jangle-pop band doles out these sugary sweet, sentimental gems that get stuck in your head and your heart. Their debut album, Leave and Never Come Back, was one of our favorites of last year, so we’re stoked that they’re back with another single today.
"'With Love,’ is basically about the feeling of watching someone leave, like an in-the-moment leaving, not a gradual thing, which is maybe different from the more general questions of place or belonging on our [debut] album,” songwriter Cameron Carr tells The Music Mermaid about the new track. “It's different —there's a clear moment when it happens and you know that that exact moment is coming. In this case it's talking about saying goodbye in an airport.”
Like Cameron suggests, Trying’s discography tackles tough subjects — like love and loss and leaving and everything in-between — but candy-coats them so that they buzz and hum and sparkle. “With Love,” is no different. Kicking off with the twang of acoustic strums, the song quickly moves into Trying territory: dazzling percussive shimmers, pounding drum beats, and Cameron’s sweet vocals. “With Love,” moves through layers and phases. At some points, the band meet in the middle for a vivid burst of their signature jangle-pop but as quickly as it came in, the arrangement settles down for tender delivery, a sincere ache or anxiety or maybe both that disrupts the joy spilling out of Trying’s instrumentation. This is what Trying does best — they manage to merge the carefree with the careful for an earnest result fizzing with uneasy power-pop elements.
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Featured photo of Trying by Collins Laatsch