Gentle acoustic finger-picking and doubled-vocals create a warming, mellow and poetic introduction to this contemplative and pure new single from Marcos The Arrow.
Emerging with its title-line, breathy and sun-swept, Lonely Days, Strange Days has an unexpected sort of optimism and brightness to its melody and presentation.
As the verse details come into play, the weight of this loneliness, this strangeness, seems to slowly overwhelm, and this is reinforced by the artistically represented melancholy and angst of the visuals.
Poignant lyrics contrast the nature and wonder of the music – these gentle layers and the whispered, rising vocal line, all seem at war with the inherent sadness and uncertainty of the writing. The simplicity of the arrangement is a huge part of this, the melody becoming familiar even after the first few moments; so there’s nothing new musically to anticipate, only the increasing weight and emotional struggle of the lyrics. For all of these reasons the underlying ache hits with a rather profound and heart-breaking impact.
‘The streets are crowded but there’s no one there… You’re in your house and yet you feel so far from home.’