"Walk Me Home” to the Truth
Review: Yesterday's Youth release new song and Music video 'Walk Me Home'
by Dusk Arts
“Walk Me Home” is a song about our relationship to the truth. Ignorance may be bliss, but truth must always be freed and heeded—especially when it’s distorted by powerful interests’ agendas (“a steady apparatus spoiled in ink from the thrones”) through mass media (“cryptic analytics full of promises”) and educational institutions (“lost in the reprise they’re singing ‘bout in school”). Yesterday’s Youth implores us to find a way home through the haze of lies propagated by those who would control us. Should we get lost for too long (“If I lie time will fly”), it may become impossible to get out.
The song opens with a somber and delicate chord progression that laments the confusion of having to listen to all kinds of opinions expressed in all kinds of ways. The bass follows lugubriously as we sort fact from fiction.
We plod along to a tasteful guitar solo—a nice touch. I imagine the careful, cautious courage it takes to journey out of falsehood into reality. As the lyrics say, some of us might rather “tuck down in the chambers locked in ‘la la land.’” Oftentimes, we know not what to believe or whom to trust, but journey we must regardless.
The song breaks into harder iterations of its riff courtesy of the band’s strong rhythm section. They show the frustrations of learning the truth and admitting that past beliefs were lies. The awesome and powerful vocals soar above and captivate the listener immediately; we suddenly understand the seriousness of the problem.
In accordance with the message of the song, however, the vocalist should be more self-assured in his performance, particularly at the softer first half of the song. His highs are a bit shaky, but with refinement I know he can make them fly just as much as his louder vocals. Despite this, he has a good voice and can certainly belt it with confidence when things get fired up.
“Walk Me Home” addresses our current predicament with news media and social engineering by juxtaposing artistic restraint with necessary abandon. The song has a warm and clear production that contrasts well with its coolness. Although the mix needs slightly more guitar and/or less bass—something to put the guitar riff at the forefront since the bass isn’t playing lead here—nothing gets so in the way of the song itself. “Walk Me Home” is a worthy contribution not only to Yesterday’s Youth’s repertoire of modern alternative-inflected hard rock (I’m looking forward to their album if this song and their other singles are any indication of it), but also to the milieu of music with a message. Here is one that we cannot forget if we wish to move toward a society based in truth.
Yesterday's Youth have released their brand new single 'Walk Me Home' along with an affecting black & white music video that continues the messaging of storylines often associated with their music and picks up where previous video "Blessed By My Mistakes" left off. The setting of an small abandoned and broken down house helps to show the societal erosion the band reflects on in the song and makes for a perfect backdrop to bring the band and music to visual life.
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