Ringwood band Quality Living have a uniquely infectious sound that can seem breezy, laid back, and carefully intricate all at the same time. They released their self-titled full-length back in 2016 and a handful of singles since but we have been awaiting a new album for some time now as the band has been dealing with career changes, marriages and new homes. At times it was not certain if there would even be new music. Cue sigh of relief. The wait will finally be over on March 13th with the release of their sophomore record Something Softly Caught Me on Sniffling Indie Kids. We are thrilled to be able to premiere their new song “Quiet (rest)” today.
Do you ever find yourself wishing you had more time to get things done? How would you spend that time? Would you write that great American novel, paint that masterpiece or write songs with deep meaning that will certainly reach ears and hearts? Or would you sit lazily on the couch binge watching a new show on Netflix avoiding thoughts of the existential dread of wondering what it all means. That is crux of the brilliant and thoughtful “Quiet (rest).”
Singer/Guitarist Darrel Norrell yells “Rest is murderous” about half way through the song warning that one must be cautious with the quiet time one is given. “It’s where escapism becomes wasted time addled with fear,” Norrell offers. Creeping doubts are never fun but also never sounded so sunny as on “Quiet (rest).” The band have successfully added doses of levity while taking on big life questions in the past but sound especially confident here. Norrell even stretches his chops hitting some falsetto notes.
Now the only question is “what would you do with all that time?”
Head on over to The Shepard & The Knucklehead in Haledon Thursday night for the Something Softly Caught Me release show. Joining Quality Living on the bill will be Tom Barrett, CR and the Nones, Learning, and John Cozz and his iPod.
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