Dealing with loss allows for the creative side to unravel, which goes for the St. Louis native, Los Angeles-based artist, Culver, who displays a polished, yet emotional time-stamp with his debut track “Away.” Skidding on the ropes of a toned down sound of indie-pop, “Away” crosses these sounds with a very simple alternative base. Produced and mixed by Adam Castilla (The Colourist) and mastered by Joe Laporta (The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Walk The Moon), “Away” possesses a similar quality of this commercial appeal heard from previous work by Castilla and Laporta, but with a raw feeling.
In-between the mid-tempo glide, Culver showcases complete honesty and a point of realization for himself and the other party in the story. As Culver gracefully croons down memory lane, he also displays the vulnerability behind the mask presented, clearly heard with lyrics such as “these other girls / only way to pass the time.” Culver’s clean presentation of exemplifying the threshold of a difficult decision becomes a relatable ballad that all have felt at one moment in their life.
While throwing it away does seem like one alternative, writing a heartfelt track is the preferable route.