With their newest single, “Again”, Waxflower take us into a sepia-hued world of struggle and recovery. Produced and engineered by Stevie Knight, and featuring vocals from Eat Your Heart Out‘s Caitlin Henry, “Again”‘s crowning jewel is its music video, created by guitarist Nick Hargans.
Featuring a persistent glow and the flowing mystique of dancers surrounding vocalist Tristan Higginson, “Again” visually and audibly captures the fluidity of life ongoing (and all of its challenges), as well as a sparkle of hope.
The chorus’ repetition of “I can mend, again, again, and again” coupled with the video’s atmosphere reminds me of an hourglass running out, before it’s turned over (again); where the flow of sand is unstoppable in its depletion, and then suddenly there’s recovery. And onward goes the cycle.
“Sway with me. In time we’ll get better.”
The song is punctuated with bright synth melodies amidst wistful guitar, as well as light chimes that arrive and leave. Infectious and drawing, the song is lifted by Caitlin’s powerful vocal contribution and becomes progressively fuller and feels distinctly celebratory.
Tristan has described “Again” as “a mantra of hope.” He says “It’s a reminder of my capacity to heal when times inevitably get tough. Although it does touch on those times, there is a vein of optimism running through the song that’s new for us.”
What do you think of “Again”?