- Jennifer Janz
GIO - Old Dusty Road
Australian singer-songwriter Gio has had several successful single releases, including Your Face, which has since been added to over 250 curated Spotify playlists, attracted over 40,000 streams and YouTube views.
He’s now released Old Dusty Road, a stirring track that’s sure to attract mainstream attention across the country.
Accompanied by an enthralling video that has already amassed almost 50k YouTube views, Old Dusty Road is primarily an indie-rock track with elements of folk and pop. With a wide range of dynamics that help intensify the lyric—from the acoustic guitar intro to the driving, band-led all-out chorus—Old Dusty Road rips at your heart while sustaining a hypnotic rhythmic foundation. Aside from his evocative voice, there’s no doubt that a large part of Gio’s appeal lies in his ability to expose private emotional worlds with clarity and subtlety.
Old Dusty Road reflects this perhaps more than any of his previous releases. As the first verse reveals: Old dusty road, take me home I’ve had too many beers, and my son is on the phone / I’ve never felt this sad in my whole life I feel my time is wasting, my mind has gone.
‘‘ I think the simpler you can make the words, the better – the less you say usually makes each word mean more. I think I say things in my music that is exactly how I’d say them in person, there is no fluff and there’s a resonance that carries to people because it’s truthful and real.’
There is, of course, a confessional element about these lines, one that progresses into a need for redemption, as the bridge lyric shows: Love me, love me for one more day / Take me, take me oceans away / This long life all but kills with pain / And Lord knows I made too many mistakes.
As Gio says about his songs: ‘I think the simpler you can make the words, the better – the less you say usually makes each word mean more. I think I say things in my music that is exactly how I’d say them in person, there is no fluff and there’s a resonance that carries to people because it’s truthful and real.’ And that continued connection is sure to help grow Gio’s blossoming fanbase.
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