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Praise for “People Say Things Change”
“The song tells the story of frontman Doug Hale having to give his foster child away. It’s every foster parent’s nightmare come true, and sonically, it’s a modern, very chilled out and semi-electronic track. The juxtaposition of the theme to the vibe show an incredible depth that feels like growth and acceptance.” – Impose
“It’s a gorgeous tune that’ll likely fit nicely into the sonic expectations of long-suffering admirers. Serene, moody and atmospheric, the keyboard works with the auto-tuned vocals of singer Douglas Hale in a supremely comforting way.” – Dallas Observer
“electronic pop shrouded in bitterness and sadness… Don’t let the vocoder effect on frontman Doug Hale’s voice scare you off. Pay attention to the lyrics and chorus, and we promise this song will wrap itself around you.” – Central Track
Now, Air Review shares the first single of the forthcoming album, “People Say Things Change,” viaImpose Magazine, who say, “A heartbreaking theme runs through the album, even through the grooves and wall of sound they create feels warm and inviting. The song tells the story of frontman Doug Hale having to give his foster child away. It’s every foster parent’s nightmare come true, and sonically, it’s a modern, very chilled out and semi-electronic track. The juxtaposition of the theme to the vibe show an incredible depth that feels like growth and acceptance.”
It was 2016 when frontman, Doug Hale and his family lost their foster child. Soon after, keys player Richard Carpenter’s girlfriend’s mother died. Later that year, bassist Jeff Taylor’s wife lost her father to a very sudden and aggressive brain cancer and guitarist Dragan Jakovljevic and his wife dealt with infertility. The band recognized that their experiences were a very normal part of life on the planet, yet they were heavy burdens to bare.
Through all of it, they never took a break because the writing and the time together became a kind of therapy — it was a place to share the burdens together, to process the feelings and turn them into something meaningful. The band found fresh inspiration from artists like Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, Anderson.Paak and Niki and the Dove.
In early 2017, the band hired Denton, TX based-drummer and producer Matt Pence (Here We Go Magic, Elle King, Sara Jaffe) along with east coast producer Scott Solter (St. Vincent, Spoon) to team up and help Air Review achieve a new sound. Together they produced a 12-track album that takes notes from 80’s synth pop, R&B, and classic rock — soaring melodies and good old fashioned guitar solos mixed in with analog synths and auto-tune make for brand new territory for the quartet. The lyrics are direct and raw — taken straight from the band’s experiences. Ideas about longing, loss, hope and resilience combine to tell a story of basic human experience. The shared process of crafting the songs was an important part of processing a season of life for Air Review. It truly is what helped them get by. Now, their only goal in releasing these songs is that maybe it will help someone else process whatever life has given or taken away from them.
TRACKLISTING – How We Got By
01. Sleepless Nights
02. You Won’t Be Coming Home
03. People Say Things Change
05. You Gotta Love Somebody
09. Get Me To Heaven
10. Morning Lights
11. Piece by Piece
12. See You Still
13. Fall Along