There is a lot of talking going on among the country music fans regarding the integrity of country music and whether it is or it isn’t still all about the song. The arguments are valid, however if you dig just a little deeper than the mainstream and travel across the pond to the UK you’ll find Stanford, the duo made up of Terry and Rachael Muller who are ready to release their powerful debut single “Letters.”
The duo’s harmonies captivate you during the intro as the lace over the simplicity of the stripped down acoustic based instrumentation. Rachael takes the leads as the heavy lyric begins to unfold presenting a strong message of how an abusive relationship between mother and boyfriend can affect a child watching from the shadows. The lyrics continue to describe that long-lasting affect while also moving the song forward with lines like “The eyes of a child can see more than you know, those pictures still tear at my mind don’t you know,” while in the chorus we see that the child has turned out just like her mother as she sings “I could tell you it’s better in unwritten letters I ain’t gonna send, but mama I’ve grown up just like you.”
This is songwriting the way that it is supposed to be. The country feel of the melody balances right on the edge of folk while the lyrics are crafted in perfect ways that they never actually state what it is they are singing about, but they instead paint a perfect picture of it and leave it open to the listener interpretation. This is a very compelling start for Stanford and certainly a song that will earn them attention and create the initial buzz for them.
'Letters' is available to download worldwide on iTunes 15.08.14