Faraway Neighbours — “I May Never Find Home”
The band, consisting of guitarist Chris Cucullo, bassist Andrew Sowka, and drummer Vince Aquilina have been receiving consistent acclaim. Consistently touring, and receiving increasing amounts of radio play and attention, Faraway Neighbours seem to be inching closer and closer to commercial success.
The album starts off with a little distortion, flowing into the melodic “She Left the House.” Although musically simple the complex lyrics build a story of redemption through loss. When the protagonist talks about falling through the ice again, the listener can’t help but follow into the abyss.
The album switches to something almost waltz-like with the title track “I May Never Find Home.” It’s not so much a song as a story accented by instruments. It is a lazy walk through muddy fields, with no particular frame of mind- casually observing as life unfurls. The message is simple- we may never find where we belong but the journey to do so can be its own destination.
This existential process waltzes into “Better Half.” It is a continuation of the previous song’s message in many ways. Rather than being about the personal journey of existing it’s more about finding somebody to help that journey go more smoothly. Lyrical density is broken up by musical interludes that almost paint a picture of reunion.“Nervous Girl” comes next with an almost Blue Rodeo quality to it. It tells the classic story of helping those who need it, but don’t necessarily realise they do. Soft instrumentals and slide guitar paint a picture of pleading. The singer talks about the difficulties of the situation, but that he also can’t look away from it. He’s damned if he does, and she’s damned if he doesn’t.
The song fades out with more slide guitar, and the bass begins to pick up as we’re lead into “Long Time Listener.” This song is easily my personal favourite on the album. It’s such a departure from the rest of the album in terms of tone that it’s hard to ignore.
The more melodic guitar of the rest of the previous songs breaks out into something more upbeat. It talks about the falseness of people, and the importance to which they hold their own opinion. Long time listeners, first time callers and sudden scholars- it is a tribute to skepticism and free-thought.
There are six other tracks on the album, each with their own unique sounds. Notably, the single “Oh The North” which is expected to make a big push into college radio. I would invite you all to discover this album when it debuts. It’s lyrically complex, though musically simple, and I can only hope that Faraway Neighbours find a permanent home in musical success.