It’s Still You is the latest single from American singer-songwriter Rusty Gear, taken from his EP What We Believe.
The new track follows last year’s Check in Check Out Blues, which featured emerging US country act Calamity Jane. Rusty’s songs have generated over 900,000 Spotify streams, and his run of successes include Tequila Won’t Solve Your Problems, Won’t Forget (#1 on Europe’s Hotdisc Top 40 country music chart) and Wondering Why (# 51 on Billboard’s Country Breakout Chart in the US).
It’s Still You blends typical country music characteristics, such as slide guitar, banjo, and layers of silken vocal harmonies with a melodic pop core—not such an unorthodox mix concerning contemporary country—but it’s Rusty’s quite measured, lustrous vocal performance which is the track’s point of difference.
The lyric takes on themes that are familiar to the genre; a meditation on heartbreak, a connection that retains its sting long after the fact. In recounting this tale, the narrator leaves us with the sense that he’s not quite over, The girl out front with perfect pitch. I can understand why.
Perfect pitch: that is one almighty endearing quality. Of course, I’m sure there were more. This track convinces by its allegiance to the style, a pop-country hybrid that does not reconfigure any molecules but does go to many of the places we predict it will go.
Not necessarily an unwanted attribute., After all, there is a sturdy hook in the chorus, and the inconclusive lyric in the last verse is somewhat surprising: Now I need to think of something fast / If I want a night of living in the past. And can’t we all relate to that.
And this brings me to my next point. Of course, the lyric will be quite familiar to many, not only for its explicative mode but for its resemblance to real-life proceedings. It happens to some of us. Actually, it happens to a lot of us.
And for that reason, amid the polished, precise conglomerate of sounds, the carefully chosen intonations, there rests a palpable, recognizable throughline.