Rounding out their collaborative EP, Safe Spaces, Drea and Conor James choose to close the loop on their threaded message of relationships by getting honest about what it feels like to truly get to know someone in “Loser In Love.” A story told from a place of vulnerability, “Loser In Love” depicts how this process can become a quiet, almost brutal, mix of generosity and pain.
Safe Spaces offers an intoxicating vision of relationships, one that swings from naked vulnerability to pure ecstasy. In their depiction of desire, Drea and Conor reach far and wide – a lover’s kiss feels like a force of nature in “8th Wonder” and partnering takes on a literally cosmic dimension in “Another World Another Life.” Amplifying this imagery is the instrumentation, which moves from the anthemic sounds of “8th Wonder” and “Another World Another Life” to the hush of “Loser in Love.” The guitarist provides excellent, nuances accompaniment throughout. The frankness and the depth with which Safe Spaces takes on love is no accident; it is built on well over a decade of friendship between Drea and Conor, and the unique sense of trust that exists between them as a result. Conor shares,
We have really special connections to each other’s songs because we’ve been showing each other music since we were 12 years old. This EP is such a beautiful piece to have.
A brutally honest opening line sets the tone for the track, “I’m a loser in love and I know it / But that don’t stop me entering a race I call a gamble and a chase.” Sang with silky tones that flow effortlessly over the hushed guitar production, the following lines, underlined with echoing vocals, demonstrate the all-too-real notions of painstakingly trying to love. Layered sonic swirls signify the shift between Conor’s opening verse and Drea’s forthcoming verse, which shifts the sound to a more sultry mood that is still as vulnerable and tender as before. Listeners are treated to a harmonious duo from both singers that is filled with rhythm and burning imagery before tying out with a voicemail sample accompanied by continued hushed guitar strums.
You can listen to “Loser In Love” and the other two tracks from Safe Spaces below.