Mumbai-based rock act Arrows is the work of David Britto, a musician and music journalist who began the project in 2018 featuring guest vocalists on songs of Britto’s creation. Outside of the project, Britto covers indie music for Rolling Stone and runs the “My First Record” podcast series. Having toured clubs across India and played major festivals as a bassist for blues-rock band The Tripp, he started his solo career with an EP in 2016 before releasing the first Arrows singles: “Spaces,” featuring Vernon Noronha in 2019 and “Buried to Dust” with Siddharth Basrur earlier this year.
Now Britto is back with Arrows’s latest single, “To Your World,” with vocals from Raghav Meattle. Working with producer Yohanan D’Souza, Britto created a jam-bound sound that echoes his blues-rock background with a gentle and smooth finish. Driven by easygoing acoustic guitar with a steady rhythm section up in the mix, the song feels ready-made for summer music festival stages. Meattle’s vocals are breathy and to-the-point, he delivers the sing-along-ready chorus with a relaxed ease amid fluttering background harmonies that span octaves. The piano bangs along, propelling the song through transitions. The chorus adds in subtle organ parts which contribute unmistakably to the classic-rock feel.
The song adds a bridge section that strips down to just vocals and acoustic guitar, sure to build up the energy at every outdoor stage performance, especially when the full band kicks back in with extra energy for the final chorus.
The lyrics give a sense of optimism and possibility, urging the listener to seek new lanes.
Through the verses of ‘To Your World’ I talk about wanting to shut the past down, while the chorus is me telling myself that there are more possibilities and new adventures to be had with life.
“To Your World” by Arrows is out now on streaming services.