A Grimly Lilting Ode to Loneliness

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  • Song: "Lonely Anywhere"
  • Artist: The Everybodyfields
  • CD: Nothing Is Okay
  • Genre: Folk-Pop
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A sense of resignation hangs over The Everybodyfields' "Lonely Anywhere," but it's not just a downer. courtesy of The Everybodyfields hide caption

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In its opening moments, The Everybodyfields' "Lonely Anywhere" sounds as sweetly unassuming as ballads get: As a gently plucked acoustic guitar sets the scene, Jill Andrews slowly and tentatively offers a sweet-sounding apology. But Andrews travels another direction before she's even finished her first sentence: "I'm sorry you're angry / Goodnight and goodbye."

Not surprisingly, a sense of resignation envelops "Lonely Anywhere" like a fog, but the song is no mere downer. A sort of grimly lilting epic, the song builds incrementally, at a pace that seems almost glacial. As Andrews and partner Sam Quinn introduce more lovely and dramatic elements — a piano, a slide guitar, some unobtrusive strings, Quinn's vocal harmonies — "Lonely Anywhere" swells into an affecting rumination on the ways a bad relationship is worse than no relationship at all.

Andrews may be matter-of-fact about love's bitter end — "I can be lonely here / I can be lonely anywhere" — but "Lonely Anywhere" doesn't sugarcoat the emotional weight of a relationship gone toxic. Instead, it slowly piles on all the melancholy the song can bear, one subtly tear-jerking ingredient at a time.

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