The new single from David Caruso is about “slowly learning to let things go, and the feeling of freedom that can create”
Earlier this week, I opened my mom’s phone and was greeted by—buried under dozens of apps that I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know how to use—the simple message she was using as her wallpaper: Worrying won’t change the outcome.
It’s nothing especially profound, this idea that we shouldn’t fixate on that which we can’t control, but damn, it can be hard—especially in a year like 2020. And sometimes we have to remind ourselves that—while we should always try to do our best in all the ways that we can—there’s real liberation in letting go of all the rest.
On that note, I’d like to introduce “Wednesday,” the (very good) new single from AMFM. Written during the early stages of quarantine, the song tells the story of learning to relinquish control, and—after having it on repeat since it landed in my inbox on Monday—I’m extremely excited to premiere it here.
AMFM is the indie-rock art project of David Caruso, who (pre-pandemic) was bouncing between Jersey and Brooklyn to write and produce music that’s thus far been beamed into your brain via radio waves, official Spotify playlists and in-store soundtracks for Banana Republic and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Over email earlier this week, a couple years after we initially crossed paths IRL at a studio space in Gowanus, David filled me in on the new single—probably my favorite AMFM song to date and a way-worth-it result of painstaking long-distance collaboration between the artist and BdBK friend and fave Harper James.
“‘Wednesday’ was a magical song to write because it came out so quickly for me—like in a min. It was the first song I wrote and recorded during quarantine and it is about not being able to control things around you at all times and slowly learning to let things go, and the feeling of freedom that can create.
Harper and I both had our studios up and running and sent ideas back and forth until the production came together, it took most of the summer but we wound up really getting to an interesting place and it was worth all the headaches of working remotely.”
While I didn’t have to deal with the hassle, I have to say I’m seriously stoked on the outcome.
If, like me, you’re not exactly *pro* at letting things go, there’s no better time than the present to try and get better. Butttttt if you can’t help but freak out today because the train is 27 minutes late or lie in bed for three hours tonight wondering why that lady at Trader Joe’s kinda looked at you weird, well… there’s always tomorrow.
And if you’re gonna spiral, hey—between “Wednesday,” “Waves” (David’s previous single) and the rest of the AMFM catalogue—at least you’ve got plenty of good music to listen to while you do.
Feature image provided by the artist.