X Ambassadors, ‘Don’t Stay’ | Track Review
Alternative band X Ambassadors impresses with their soulfully, thrilling new single “Don’t Stay.” Frontman Sam Harris delivers killer vocals.
Upon their arrival in 2015, X Ambassadors felt incredibly similar to another alternative rock band, Imagine Dragons. Are the comparisons between the two fair? Maybe, maybe not, but both groups definitely share common ground. Preparing to release their sophomore album, Sam Harris and company drop a soulful, thrilling new single, “Don’t Stay.”
As referenced earlier, “Don’t Stay” is chocked-full of soul. It stars with the production, particularly the groove led by the cymbal accent. Even with a sense of energy from the get-go, the pacing of “Don’t Stay” is great. It’s mysterious and somewhat restrained on the first verse, while gradually adding more instruments and sounds. Specifically, regarding the production work, there’s excellent blend of piano and synths.
Sam Harris is on autopilot early on, dropping electrifying vocals from start to finish. The biggest selling point of his vocal performance is his masterful falsetto, specifically on the chorus. Speaking of the chorus, it’s incredibly catchy – the crowning achievement sectionally of the record.
“But don’t stay for me / Don’t stay for me / If you got to leave / Do what you need / But don’t stay for me / Don’t stay for me.”
Continuing to sing the praises of Harris, the layering of his head voice (falsetto) and chest voice is brilliant. In essence, ole boy lets loose. Also worth mentioning is the theme of “Don’t Stay” – love. Harris takes the blame because of his deficiencies, urging his bae NOT to stay because of him.
All in all, X Ambassadors “kill it” on “Don’t Stay.” Great production work and magnificent vocals make this a must-hear. “Don’t Stay” successfully builds anticipation for the band’s forthcoming sophomore effort.
X Ambassadors • Don’t Stay – Single • Interscope • Release: 2.2.18
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