You know that mystical feeling that comes when a song reminds you of a sensation, and all of a sudden you are transported into another headspace, an atmosphere removed from the stress of the moment? “The Great Outdoors” brings this, as well as a reminder that this feeling is one that I — and probably many of us as we return from a summertime ease to our everyday lives — need more of. With lyrics that gently proclaim, “tomorrow, you’re letting go,” Thom Byles doesn’t let us forget to take a moment and pay attention.
The finespun track, which you can hear above, features Byles’ falsetto melodies over the gentle pulse of guitar and percussion. The expansion of the track feels like a continuous reward for patience and attention to the slow build of the song. Shortly before the four minute mark, “The Great Outdoors” breaks into its gift: a percussion driven build with astonishing balance.