We’re glad to announce that Adelaide, Australia-based indie rock band Lost Woods have released a new single, entitled “Better to Leave.”
Lost Woods are led by the captivating vocalist Peter White, and the group is completed by twin guitarists Tom Baird and Sam Baird as well as by the driving rhythm section of brothers Lucas Sly and Miles Sly. The band’s soaring vocals, jangly guitars and driving rhythms have earned them a loyal fan base; and they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Holy Holy, Maddy Jane, Alice Ivy, Wing Defence, Towns, Mane, Timberwolf, Kingswood, and George Alice along with many others.
Lost Woods have played sold-out shows at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Adelaide Fringe; and in 2019, their national tour included sold-out shows in both Adelaide and Sydney. Lost Woods’ debut single, “Vodka Ocean,” received airplay on national tastemaker Triple J and has amassed tens of thousands of streams on Spotify, while “Secrets in Our Sleeves” was a finalist in the 2016 Vanda and Young songwriting competition; and “My Amazon” has gained over 44 thousand streams on Spotify and received airplay on Triple J Unearthed.
“Better To Leave” is Lost Woods’ second official release of 2021, following their inspiring single from May, “Sleep” (for which you can read our review here). “Better to Leave” comes from a personal space for songwriter Peter White, reflecting on the breakdown of an unhealthy relationship. “Better To Leave details a past relationship where I became worn down and despondent. Small issues weren’t being addressed by both of us and over time I spiraled and became jaded and pessimistic. This song is about the need to address those issues in the moment and putting yourself first,” Peter says.
Musically, Lost Woods have created a higher energy sound on “Better to Leave,” which is more reflective of their live sound than their previous EP, while also maintaining some introspective moments and a spacious atmosphere. For listeners unfamiliar with Lost Woods’ sound, Peter says, “First time listeners should expect us to sound like the love child of The National, Jeff Buckley and Local Natives. They should expect the full spectrum of emotions in our music, from catchy singalong choruses to melancholy, heartfelt moments.” The track was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joseph Cheek at Mixmasters Productions and Island Studios, Adelaide, Australia.
“Better to Leave” begins with a dreamy, introspective electric guitar melody accompanied by acoustic guitar notes, while driving bass and dynamic, syncopated drums soon join in to introduce the first verse. The expansive atmosphere of “Better to Leave” complements Peter’s reflective lyrics and captivating vocals quite well throughout the track’s upbeat verses, while powerful electric guitar chords and soaring vocals bring up the energy level nicely during the buoyant, singalong choruses. “Better to Leave” is quite an enjoyable listen, once again showcasing Lost Woods’ brilliant songwriting and excellent musicianship. I would highly recommend this track to fans of indie rock and indie pop alike.
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