An Old Friend Delivers Expertly Crafted Long Island Alt-Rock On "Lady"
You know those moments when you listen to a song and it pulls you in like a magnet, taking you by the shoulders until you feel like it’s just you and the song and nothing else? That’s what happened when we listened to “Lady” by alt-rock outfit An Old Friend. In just under five minutes, the Long Island band craft the epitome of classic prog-influenced alt-rock. It’s anthemic but swirls with a slow-burn quality. It’s damn good.
In An Old Friend’s new music video for “Lady,” director and cinematographer Tom Flynn captures a dreamy live performance awash in golden hues. Bokeh blooms of rainbow light streams over shots of the band delivering an increasingly impassioned performance made all the more powerful by silhouetted scenes and detailed close-ups.
The song itself opens with the slight, distorted warble of electric guitar emitting a gorgeous little melody before being joined by shimmers of bass and pulses of percussion. Resigned vocals croon atop the arrangement, moving from a low, languishing delivery to a more emotive wail throughout the track. Warring guitars merge their rhythm lines as the percussive lick remains steady before building more complex layers in relation to the prog-rock breakdown that smashes towards the end of the track. The instrumentation is robust with searing strums and slaps of that persistent drumming, but the comedown at the end — when it fades to a tender trill and the vocals drop to a soft ache — is the real sonic standout before returning to the heavy alt-rock rhythms the band does so well.
“Lady” is one of the most cohesive songs to come out of a modern-day rock band’s discography. It’s strangely decadent, so rich in its melodic lines and heavy in the rhythm, striking a mesmeric balance between soothing and in-your-face. This is a remarkable feat that the guys of An Old Friend have mastered thoughtfully.