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lilac frog - "Reason to Stay" (feat. undy)

Review by Adam Jones - MUSIC FARMER 5

An Epic Emotional Alt-Electronic-Pop Odyssey

Today I had the privilege to review the epic alt-electro-pop masterpiece, "Reason to Stay" - a riveting exploration of the emotional complexities of heartbreak from the enigmatic lilac frog (the artistic alter ego of British indie maestro Harri Hocking). In collaboration with Nashville's own undy, they have joined forces to create a unique auditory experience that takes you on a journey that is simultaneously charming and captivating.


"Reason to Stay" unfolds like a sonic tapestry, elegantly embroidered with the nostalgic echoes of Owl City and Halsey. The amalgamation of moody synths and exuberant drums makes for a soundscape that is as dynamic as it is poignant. Punctuated by the echo delay effects and the profound thrum of the bass synthesizer, the song possesses an engaging head-bopping quality that belies the underlying narrative of a love lost and pondered upon.


undy lends a magical vocal performance to the track, providing an impassioned delivery that perfectly complements the lyrics' emotional narrative. The lyrics themselves navigate the turbulent aftermath of a breakup, embodying the lingering questions and the haunting echo of what once was. This sentiment is encapsulated in the line "What we had was just a moment, and moments fade away", delivered with a poignancy that is hard to forget.


The track's brilliance unfolds further, introducing an unexpected emotional twist. The upbeat tempo belies a heartbreaking vulnerability as the protagonist admits to wondering about the road not taken: "Sometimes I wonder what if I'd stayed." It's a confession that underscores the paradox of heartbreak - the simultaneous presence of pain and nostalgia.

 

"Reason to Stay" unfolds like a sonic tapestry, elegantly embroidered with the nostalgic echoes of Owl City and Halsey. The amalgamation of moody synths and exuberant drums makes for a soundscape that is as dynamic as it is poignant.
 

"Reason to Stay" is an emotionally resonant journey that marries musical exuberance with poignant lyricism. lilac frog and undy have created a narrative of heartbreak that is as catchy as it is profound, turning personal pain into a universally relatable anthem.


Harri Hocking's creative fingerprints are clearly visible in the ambitious and successful fusion of indie-pop and electronic rock. His diverse inspirations - from Halsey's edgy production to Gracie Abrams' candid songwriting - find their expression in this immersive auditory experience.


"Reason to Stay" transcends the boundaries of a simple song; it is a musical journey through the tangled terrain of heartbreak. Its infectious melody, inspiring production, and passionate lyrics create a depth of emotion that resonates with the listener long after the song has ended. lilac frog continues to push musical boundaries, using the canvas of indie-electronic pop to paint a vivid picture of the human condition. lilac frog's "Reason to Stay" is both an earworm and a heart-tugger - a mesmerizing blend of irresistible beats and emotional depth - a song that moves the body while simultaneously stirring the soul.


This is a MUST ADD for everyone's playlist!

Listen to "Reason to Stay (ft. undy)" by lilac frog below!👇





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