Framing a song with a rambunctious rhythm is one thing, but to shape a composition around tonal presence as opposed to a singular beat takes a lot more talent than the status quo calls for, which is precisely why I think Barry Muir is winning the affections of critics this fall with his new single “Weathered the Storm.” Although indeed influenced by the moodiness of its groove, there’s no getting around the melodic value of this track’s most basic elements, and what they form when they’re presented together in as seamless a display of self as Muir has constructed here.
The music video for “Weathered the Storm” has a homespun feel that the song on its own only hints at, and I would argue that to appreciate the narrative from a full-circle perspective, you have to consider the visual experience as essential to the material as the music itself is. There’s something really special about an indie artist that wants to give us the kind of bridge into his emotionality via every means possible, and in this instance, I think it can be said that Barry Muir is setting a solid standard for his peers to live up to.
Muir’s vocal is absolutely on the gentler side, but I think that the complete harmony is what makes the hook in this single such a stinger. Although I’ve got plenty of love for the individual components of this track, there’s no getting around the force of the collective in “Weathered the Storm;” from the fundamentals of the beat to the actual chime of the guitar strings as they join with whatever verse my man is singing at the top of the mix. It’s a fantastically full-spectrum offering and one that doesn’t leave us wondering how much is owed to the studio versus the natural virtuosities of the vocalist.
I think that “Weathered the Storm” makes for a sublime introduction to the music of Barry Muir for those who are unaware of his complete discography, and for listeners who are more than versed in what this singer and songwriter can do in and outside of the studio, it’s just another reason to keep him close on your radar. There’s not a lot of experimentation to behold in this single nor its video counterpart, but in the case of an artist like Muir, I don’t know that there’s any further exploring he needs to do to produce noteworthy music in the underground.
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