I have happy news to share with you today, in follow-up to tenderly affecting track “The Year The World Stood Still” Jack Newsome has returned with another soft, dreamy but utterly fantastic pop release. A change in mood is on the horizon for the rising singer, songwriter, producer, for the new release “Arms” he’s taking things more upbeat and somewhat bathed in softly lit disco-pop hues. In fact, he’s seeming rather jovial. I deduce from the light on his feet moves shared in the video, something or someone has helped out with putting a spring in his step.
Without a doubt, one of the hardest aspects enforced during the pandemic is that human touch has been off-limits. A whole year of not being permitted to hug our family and loved ones has been a tough ask. (We all know this.) Jack’s take on the situation is to not dwell on the past but look to the future. And so, he’s written “Arms” about the person he is missing most. He thinks out loud about the first (restriction-free?) meet-up. While fantasizing about what that moment will feel like. “What’s the point of having arms if I can’t wrap them around you?” he sings.
This track is a jam. The lyrics are so on-point as is the sentiment. The melody is slinky smooth as buttercream and just as sweet. Jack has also brought out a video in support of the track. He went all the way out to the desert to film the clip. We see him hanging out as the only diner in the diner and strolling around a motel. He really went out of his way to catch-up with the one who has been “keeping it down so low, all the summer.” The moments we see building up to date night feel just as precious as I am imaging the actual meet-up plays out. It feels nice to be riding high on the power of good vibes once again, it has been too long.