Music Review: Stay by Ships Have Sailed @shipshavesailed
Ships Have Sailed always seem to keep showing up on our radar. Winning awards, contests, being added to radio rotations and getting lots of positive reaction from fans. And because of this, we’ve decided it’s time for a music review!
During a recent Music Monday music sharing session for Ships Have Sailed, we featured ‘Stay’ and our engine chose to share interesting facts about the song. This information comes from the Spotify API and is available for all tracks.
Interesting facts about ‘Stay‘
The Tempo is approx: 108.013
Approx Key: G (also Fdouble sharp, Adouble flat) SOL
Time Signature: 4
Has Good energy, Probably Danceable
Photo credit: Gentle Giant Digital
Darlene here, reviewing a song by another amazing award-winning band, “Ships Have Sailed.” Their latest song, “Stay,” makes me feel warm and fuzzy. It’s like a poignant one-sided romance love song. He, she, you if you’re singing this song, somebody is patiently waiting for their love interest to realize just how much they are loved. This will take time, but hope floats. The story to this song is all in my imagination. When I hear “Stay” and close my eyes, I see a tableau of an unrequited lover in a movie scene. There’s a crowd of people talking and dancing at a party while this song plays instead of a script. Sharing her with the crowd and her friends with such puppy dog devotion is the stuff of fantasy, unless he’s sipping a drink gazing at her over the crowded room, simply enjoying her presence, as if he has all the time in the world and everything will be ok. It leaves me with that “happily ever after” feeling. Can you hear “I’ll Be Watching You” in the first few beats of this song like I do? The irony of hearing that alongside “Stay” is something I couldn’t ignore. What a lovely song, dreamy as a lullaby. Sway with your baby if you like the song “Stay” by “Ships Have Sailed.”
Ships Have Sailed is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Will Carpenter. The band materialized in the waning days of his previous project –a band he had been an integral part of ever since moving to Los Angeles. His decision to individually focus on new music again was initially daunting, but the risk proved to be invigorating and refreshing. The music is uplifting and buoyant. The lyrics are thoughtful and conscientious. The sound is sincere indie rock with an unabashed pop structure. And after initially sharing it with fellow musicians, Carpenter recruited a lineup that now permanently includes drummer Art Andranikyan.
Ships Have Sailed recorded their debut EP, Someday (2013), with Carpenter acting as main producer in his home studio. The diverse six-song collection includes arena-ready singles (“Midnight”), acoustic serenades (“Clouds”), and explosive alt-rock bangers (“Better Off”). The release led the band to go on tour, play impressive industry showcases (SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon), and win awards honoring their independence. The promising buzz quickly propelled them to inevitably create a debut full-length album.
Moodswings (2015) is a cohesive release with epic ambitions. Every track emotes an unrestrained desire to be heard and enjoyed in the heart. With crescendoing ballads (“Drive”) and indie rock alacrity (“Boomerang”), there’s a uniform sense of sanguine sensibility. Certain tracks were remixed with an electronic edge by DJs (such as Dimond Saints and Mike Vincent) and collected onto the EP Re: MIX (2015). The following year, the band recorded acoustic versions of select songs and released them on an EP, Whispers (2016), along with two new originals. Praise of their next single, “Up” (2017), encouraged the band to tour overseas in the U.K. and Ireland. Their follow-up single, “Let’s Just Dance” (2018), was a superb collaborative effort with songwriter Robert Gillies (X Ambassadors, Bebe Rexha) and producer Wally Gagel (Best Coast, Family of the Year) of recording studio WAX LTD.
Carpenter describes the band’s moniker not as a pessimistic reference to the renowned idiom “that ship has sailed,” but instead a fresh, positive perspective on the unexpected outcomes of unforeseen circumstances. It’s an adage that can be applied to his own life of growing up in poverty in rural Vermont and being kicked out of his home as a teenager. He made ends meet by working as a dishwasher and eventually put himself through college as a security guard on the graveyard shift. And it’s from this period of his life that Carpenter recently reflected on to draw introspective inspiration. Thus, the band’s next series of singles, which began with “Escape” in February, and continues with their new single “Stay” will express a deeper level of sentiment than ever before. They express a desire to resonate with people who have had similar experiences and emotions.
“We all have that person,” says Carpenter. “if we’re lucky more than one, who we know will stick with us no matter what…your ride or die. With ‘Stay’, I wanted to bottle that feeling into a dreamy, slightly retro aesthetic…we couldn’t be more excited to release this song into the world and feel people react.”
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