Country Pop Singer-songwriter, Larry Jay has made a comeback from a serious medical procedure, by releasing two new singles. The composer of the International I Tunes hit, “Wow,” Larry recently underwent surgery, and has found his muse in trying times. Larry is something of a journeyman, having massed an array of accolades throughout his career. He’s a seasoned and tenured songwriter, who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He straddles a few genres at time, but as aforementioned, he errs on the pop side of country.
“2 New Girlfriends” is a title that will have you assume it’s literal. However as the song progresses, it becomes clear that Larry has something else in mind. These two new girls/are gonna break my heartbreak, is a standout lyric from the track. Larry tells the tale of dependency and avoidance, when nursing the wounds of heartache. His love life may not be thriving, but his social life is lit, kind of.
“2 New Girlfriends” has an upbeat energy, that is of course, contrarian to the actual content. It’s become something of a hallmark in the Pop Country genre, particularly among male performers. We’ll optimistically presume that Country purists won’t be entirely dismissive of the song, due to Larry’s old school glaze. He doesn’t necessarily sound like Hank Williams in any respect, but it seems plausible to believe he has lived the life, so to speak. He seems like a cowboy, worth having a beer with.
On “Chasin Me,” Larry pines to be the one pursued for a change. The great thing about Larry, and Country genres in general, is how the plot is easily digested, from the start. You get Larry’s drift, immediately, and as a result, the entire scenario becomes identifiable. This one has a modern feel, with a plethora of pop culture references, spread throughout. Personally, I’d advise that artists refrain from pop culture call outs, but it mostly works, here.
“Chasin Me” is also a title that could have a variety of meanings. In Jay’s case, he daydreams the woman of his dreams, is the man of hers. You can’t help but pull for him, if for no other reason, than being the illusory underdog. It’s a fun premise, that makes sure to not overstay its welcome. Larry seems to sing every word with an elated grin, plastered on his face.
Larry Jay is at a pivotal point in his life. Having just overcome a hurdle in regards to his health, one has to wonder if he is experiencing an existential transition. It’s inspiring to hear his spirit still brimming , in his new music, as he resorts to all he has ever known, to retain a sense of purpose. The material might be lighthearted fare, but it’s still inspiring. What we have, is a focused and lucid effort from a veteran songwriter, who has likely come to value life in a new way, by giving us 2 new songs, that ain’t too shabby at all.
by Bethany Page