The thought of connecting the recognizable with the emergence of complete change sounds ridiculous at first. However, in terms of Abney’s realizations of both, it’s more a matter of re-prioritizing aspects of his own self that had always been there, rather than change being defined by entirely novel ideas.
Carried on a lovely country sway, the song is held together by Abney’s voice. Dimmed and somewhat withdrawn, there’s an ache in his weathered vocals that makes the whole thing to feel beautifully compelling; a subtle and stirring accompaniment for the current season.
In Abney’s case, his post-pandemic plan is reuniting with the people he loves and going places. “There was a time in my life when I could be anywhere,” he sings, a note of sadness in his voice that makes him sound a little bit like Elliott Smith if he’d founded a scruffy alt-country band and moved to Oklahoma.