Nashville-based Glass Dove, aka Josh Benus, unveils his brand-new single, “On My Own,” lifted from his forthcoming debut album, Half Life Wilderness, produced by Owen Biddle.
Talking about the album’s genesis, Benus says, “It started with Owen and me in a room with a laptop, a microphone, a MIDI controller, and a pocket synth. It completely blossomed from there into something meaningful for me. The sound is meant to be much bigger than that. I try to approach it from a holistic standpoint and ask questions like, ‘Is this cathartic for me? Is it universal? Will it be cathartic for somebody else? How does it relate to what’s going on in the world?’ There’s a very serious side to the refinement process. I’m always dedicating myself to the craft of songwriting, getting better, and learning from the past to do something new.”
He goes on, adding, “The songs have a similar thread. Thematically, they’re about a lot of dysfunctionality in relationships. They were written before 2020, but a lot of it was strangely tied to how the country felt throughout the last year. I initially wrote some very specific autobiographical things, but most of the concepts took on a new meaning—like they were right for the time. How did we come to this Half-Life Wilderness?”
“On My Own” opens on a funky bassline, riding crunching percussion as whirring synth colours travel overhead. There’s a stripped-down new wave tang to the tune, simultaneously bubbling on trembling textures infused with art-pop flavours.
Benus’ voice conveys a sense of anticipation, narrating the feeling of setting off on his own both as a person and musically. On the chorus, luminous backing harmonies infuse the lyrics with radiant expectation.
According to Benus, “Ultimately, I hope it makes you feel a little better.” With “On My Own,” he achieves his goal, dishing out sonic promise, hope, and positivity.
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