by Michael Cameron
Layaway have blasted into 2021 prepped with their first release of the year – ‘Finite.’
Recorded, mixed and mastered by lead singer Stewart Mathieson, ‘Finite’ is dominated by a great combination of his commanding lyrics and the solid musicianship of his bandmates Rob, Euan and Fraser.
A real sense of melancholy hangs over the track throughout, the instrumentation is muted and the production polished, the listener is invited into a dark feeling of loss with lyrics like, “Oh I’ve been haunted by a ghost from above,” and “how can death beat a lifetime.”
The live performance video is produced spectacularly by Gordon Campbell of 86 Media, the Layaway boys are well rehearsed and demonstrate their comfort in front of the camera, which gives me the feeling that they are fully ready to return to the stage and a real audience to bring these songs to life at the earliest opportunity.
One element of the song that resonates well with me is that hopeless anger that Mathieson conveys, something I’ve definitely felt at times over the past year at the situation that live music finds itself in, ‘Finite’ is a strong statement from Layaway, promising that this year will be better than the last, I’m looking forward to the rest of of 2021 for them.
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