In her latest single “Let Somebody Love You,” Nashville singer-songwriter Meredith Rounsley sings to somebody, presumably a love interest, who is scared to open up and take the risk of romantic entanglement. Such a situation requires careful finesse – one doesn’t want to be overbearing or come on too strong, but at the same time, there is a goal to accomplish, and convincing a hesitant person might take some tugging.
Her instrumental fill this spirit perfectly. The song rides a gentle groove with the drums down in the mix, a barely audible hi-hat and snare keeping time in between pulses of guitar and warm electric piano. The bass line, which follows Rounsley’s catchy melody, fills space between liens and lends the song reliable and understated propulsion. Together, these features create an amiable but unobtrusive atmosphere that adds another dimension to Rounsley’s lyrics, putting the listener at ease while keeping their head bobbing and their ears tuned in.
Rounsley starts by setting a scene, adding details as the opening verse progressing to paint a picture of a lonely love interest who is intent on keeping themselves shielded from the pain of love, but seems to be bringing themselves more harm than good. It is only when she reaches the pre-chorus that Rounsley offers her main request, pleading with her subject to soften their fear before she breaks into the titular refrain.
As the song progresses, the groove amps up slightly, with the rhythm section getting stronger and electric guitar fills becoming more prominent, following the listener’s increasing familiarity and comfort. Rousnley repeats her pleading with the aid of backing vocals, imbibing her plea with growing earnestness.
The overall effect creates something that would feel at home in a well-executed romance movie, with its simplicity and authenticity holding it well back from falling into the schlocky excess that sometimes plagues such songs. The listener feels like the center of the world, with all of the attention directed on the song’s subject, bringing them towards the good that they deserve.
“Let Somebody Love You” is available today, on all streaming platforms. Rounsley’s forthcoming EP Ember is out on August 27th. Stay tuned for more updates on Meredith Rounsley!