Stay Gold is an album about moving on, both emotionally and physically. The deep yearning for seeing what is over the horizon coupled with the fear that what we left behind is lost and what is ahead is not what we wanted or anticipated, but that we have to accept it. This is exemplified in the song Stay Gold, “What if our hard work ends in despair? What if the road won't take me there?” Silver Lining deals with the regret for the path not taken and the fear of stagnating by staying still in one place or living too fast in alien territory, but still ends in hope with the knowledge that no matter how bad things get the sun is still there behind the clouds, we just can’t always see it. It is an album evocative of being on the road, and the transformative nature travel works upon us.
4 out of 5 stars
Originally printed in Kirkby Extra, Issue 315, December 2014.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.