Trae Morris is an artist who quite clearly has that something special about his voice – and his openness when writing – to really reach out to a wider audience. The Door is beautiful, minimally set-up so that the power is in the vocal delivery and the gentle, raw sound of that acoustic guitar. Even the guitar, despite the seemingly clean-cut nature of the melody, has a very genuine and soulful sound to it – it feels like an on-the-spot performance, so real and passionate in itself. As an accompaniment for this – a stunning song, looking at love from a different angle – it works perfectly.
As the song progress, a few minor details appear to increase the strength of the soundscape – a touch of rhythm, organic yet again, and a few distant vocal hums that add to that vibrancy and that soulful authenticity in a subtle but effective way. Everything about the song has been thoughtfully incorporated, it’s simplistic, organic – as stated – you can visualize this being performed right in front of you. Morris carries the song and its underlying sentiments in an effortlessly powerful way, so much so that when the track comes to an end, you miss it. That sense of movement and overcoming is empowering, lightly energizing – it makes you want to get up and do something positive; take steps forward, be the change you wish to see.
Relationships are rarely all smiles and selfies, as is often portrayed. Morris’ sense of realism is refreshing, and that empowering element runs deep. He wishes the other half well, but he knows he has the angle right; even so much so as acknowledging his own misjudgments – accepting error, being grateful for the opportunity to grow, and finally, being glad to have that wider perspective. The song builds slowly but surely, and it’s totally satisfying in the process. The hook is mighty and that’s exactly what’s left lingering in your mind after listening. The future looks beautifully bright for Trae Morris and I can’t wait to hear more.