Lane Simkins Releases Pretty New Single "Cycles"
Last time we covered Lane Simkins, the Jersey-based singer-songwriter had just released “Fooled,” an impossibly lovely little acoustic track that captured our hearts. Now, a few months later, Lane is back with “Cycles,” another pretty tune showcasing his sweet voice.
It’s not just a pretty song, though. “Cycles” is important to Lane. When we asked him to tell us a little about the track, he got real with us about just how much it means to him to have it out in the world and just how hard it was to get there:
“‘Cycles’ was the first song in 2018 that I wrote out of about 30 that finally felt honest. At the time, I was actually in therapy for what had been going on in life… heartbreak, anxiety and panic disorder, moving away from my family, losing friends due to poor decisions as well as miscommunication and lies... basically all the stuff that most people at some point struggle with.
On a car ride home from counseling, I had this realization that I controlled the car I was driving. I could just run. I could go anywhere I wanted to. I could get away from what felt like this constant cycle of hurt in life. All I wanted was to feel something other than sad or shameful.
I sat down a few days later and wrote the first draft of ‘Cycles.’ I fought myself to write it because it hurt... it felt like taking a knife to my stomach and just pulling my guts out. It took a few more days to complete the final writing process but it was finished and the story was written. After putting the song away for most of 2018, I decided it was time to dig it out and share it, so I took to the studio and began the production on my own, later adding a team of about 10 people to make the magic of this release happen. My hope is that listeners will hear this song and know that the bad kind of cycles don't last forever. There is grace to be freely received and I do believe there is one true way out.”
Built on heart and hurt, “Cycles” is as bittersweet as they come — bitter because of its heavy subject matter and sweet because of Lane: his voice, his talent, his lyrics, his soul. “Cycles” opens with a tender acoustic strum and the subtle doubling of percussion before Lane’s emotive vocals creep in, singing the song’s first tough line: “Been wondering how I could belong here / Because it sure as hell don’t feel like home.” He continues like this, singing confessions with an ache until he nixes the softness for a more wild howl, delivering an impassioned declaration to himself while the arrangement moves in and out of its own minimalist being. The distant booms of percussion resound far behind key sparkles and gentle strums, a loving and lovely arrangement that allows Lane to give his all to this cathartic composition.
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