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“Damn my bad, I guess this one’s got to got to be for me cuz I’d rather fake who I am than be you honestly, and what’s that feeling you can only say in French, it’s on the tip of my tongue but I just forgot again.”
With these not-so-subtle words, Brent Shinn’s “Limerence” kicks off.
Peeling back the onion on this indie stunner, listeners are greeted by the simple interplay between Shinn’s intentionally rough acoustic stylings, and his guttural vocal delivery, which proceeds to deliver a cutting line, after cutting line directly into our eagerly awaiting ears.
“Limerence” isn’t a track necessarily treading new ground – the artist’s Bob Dylan fandom is apparent – but what Shinn is doing is reclaiming lost reverence for a simpler time. A time when music need not be autotuned, overproduced, or oversaturated with multi-track instrumentation.
Instead, Shinn, a third-generation guitarist/musician, has presented his audience with an alternative. In “Limerence,” we see a long-forgotten path, overgrown with weeds, and steeped in years of decay. Yes, it seems the track, above anything else, serves as a proverbial throwback to an age where artists simply strapped their guitar across their shoulders, took the stage, and bellowed forth their emotions laid bare for their audience.
Come what may, “Limerence” will serve as a harbinger for things to come for Shinn, and perhaps other like-minded musicians of his ilk, or mindset. Shinn’s relatable delivery and lyrics of lament, regret, and emotive turmoil are something that anyone who’s lived long enough to feel these things can admit to experiencing in kind.
For me, “Limerence” is a damn good track, and one which required repeated listens. I look forward to hearing more from Shinn in the future, as I feel he’s the shot in the arm the genre has been waiting for.
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