There's something to be said about music that makes one break out in shivers and goosebumps. It's a feeling that is ever so uncomfortable for a split second until warmth returns to the bones, leaving one mystified and full of glee. Such is the feeling that wells up within me when listening to "Misty," the newest single from Columbus' very own dynamic duo, Caamp.
Consisting of lead vocalist and guitar guru, Taylor Meier, and banjo-plucking/bass drum thumping, Evan Westfall, the two made a splash around six months ago with their self-titled debut effort (specifically with their infectiously hearty jam, "Ohio" - see Loose's promotional video here). A million plus Spotify streams later and a successful tour supporting Rainbow Kitten Surprise brings us up to speed to here and now, to "Misty."
Meier's first line, complete with his gravelly yet soothing vocals, sets the tone immediately: "You know I can't eat without ya, and I can't sleep without ya." His lyrics perfectly intertwine with a triumvirate of light guitar picking, Westfall's musically omnipotent banjo riff, and folksy chords from a grand piano. Meier goes on to admit, "I spend all my days drinking, so I don't have to spend 'em thinking. And I know that I won't last long this way."
According to the band's socials, "Misty" is a song, "that's been around for a long time, with ties to a cool place. Named after the eerie morning it was written on..." The cool place is Athens, Ohio - a place near and dear to the Caamp boy's hearts. Looking deeper however, a past single from the duo references another Misty. In "Down the River," Meier sings, "Knock knock knocking the door but Misty's not home, Out in the desert my lady left years ago, She took all my money and spent it on flesh and bone." Whether the tune is about a misty morning in Athens, a past love, or a double entendre altogether, "Misty" is a beautifully intricate song that takes Caamp's audience to a place we haven't seen or heard until now - and that's exciting. It's exciting as we look forward to a big 2017 for the boys, hopefully with more tunes as heartfelt and catchy as "Misty." Be sure to listen to the tune below and keep up to date with the guys via their socials (also below).
Yours in music and goosebumps,