Track Review: Going Home // You, Me & Him
Drawn together by a love for music, veteran musicians Jim Newman and Max Goff bring you a modern-day folk duo You, Me & Him. Having worked with established artists like Aaron Taylor, George Ezra, Catherine McGrath, Andy Burrows and Tom Odell, the UK-based lads are certainly reaching various audiences. Using acoustic-inspired melodies with heartfelt lyricism, You, Me & Him effortlessly connect with any listeners regardless of their preferences. The latest addition to their discography is the single ‘Going Home’.
Following their debut single ‘You Told A Lie’, ‘Going Home’ is a fusion of old-school folk and contemporary indie-folk rolled into a pretty package. Highly reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the sophomore track is toe-tapping but with an underlying poignancy in the meaningful lyricism. Singer and guitarist Jim Newman shares that ‘Going Home’ “…was written with a longing from my childhood memories to return to the place Max and I grew up in. I was reflecting on the differing attitudes between a slow-paced country life and the city I was currently living in.”
What I find most intriguing about ‘Going Home’ is the alignment of the melody to the conceptual theme behind the music. Jim explains that “…it was important to have the contrast between the two attitudes and worlds represented in the music with the driving pace of the song broken up…” The track begins with a slower, acoustic-inspired and simplistic opening with a minimalist melody; however, by the end we are introduced to a powerful electric guitar drumming and bold vocals. The addition of Lydia Clowes’ voice enhances Jim’s dulcet tones providing a multi-faceted and inspiring song.
Just a quick sidenote: ‘Going Home’ is the second single from You, Me & Him’s upcoming album. If ‘Going Home’ is anything to go by, I cannot wait to hear more from this vivacious, empowering and evocative band.