Today, Air Review is back with a brand new single, “People Say Things Change,” from their upcoming album, How We Got By, due out June 21. 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.
In 2016, it wasn’t just that 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. There’s an emotional maturity that resonates without being condescending. The poetry alone shows why this band has earned it’s recognition in the past, and why they deserve it still.