Alternative duo Smoke Season have just released their latest single "Good Days." The single is their second release of the year, following their cover of Lionel Richie's classic "Hello", which you can watch now by using the media player included with this article. But "Good Days" is a Smoke Season original, although no less designed to tug at your heartstrings.
Co-written by band members Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen, and featuring the saxophone talents of James Ragusa, "Good Days" is a single that will likely make any music fan start to reminisce with its languid sound. Between this and "Hello," the group hasn't been afraid to segue into some more contemplative places with their music in 2017, and it's an interesting change of pace as other artists release more uptempo music to capture the summer vibe.
Smoke Season are going in an entirely different direction. If they're going to continue down this path in the future, it could be particularly special, as the band has shown from their past releases that they know how to weave storytelling with their sound and thus could come up with all kinds of tracks to keep an audience pondering, or maybe even emoting.
""'Good Days' is a song about nostalgia," the duo said in an email statement to AXS. "We wanted to capture the bittersweet feeling of remembering times that shaped you into who you are today. Those events seem to slip by as they’re happening but their importance becomes so clear in retrospect. To us, this is the definition of soul-shaping."
It's certainly a bittersweet song. The bigger question is whether or not the single release will lead to more new music. "Good Days" is also Smoke Season's second release in just over four months, which is a fairly short wait between singles. They also haven't put out something larger than a single in just over a year; their last EP was Ouroboros, which dropped on Apr. 15, 2016. That's not a huge delay, but it's long enough that it would be feasible for Smoke Season to drop another EP if they have the music ready. And from the timetable on "Good Days," not to mention its immediately catching sound, they certainly have the material.
"Good Days" is now available on iTunes.
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