Single review: Chase Rice “Key West & Colorado”

Key West & Colorado

Georgie Thorogood takes a trip from Key West & Colorado with the new track from multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Chase Rice (sadly not IRL): 

From the first bars of this new release, it is clear that it is more “country” than some of his previous releases. Its lazy atmosphere softens the listener into a comfy armchair as it lays bare some of the core ingredients of a good country song – a broken heart and a soul finding God out on the open road (there’s mention of a rodeo and a jukebox too!).

Key West & Colorado feels more authentic from an artist who has more than flirted with a more funky, upbeat, pop style of music in recent years. The top-class team of writers who have worked on this have credits for the likes of Chris Young, Morgan Wallen and Kane Brown, as well as Florida Georgia Line, who Chase Rice has worked with so closely himself.

It’s a good song, perhaps not unique to his own particular style and pretty generic. But, if the formula works for the commercial side of the industry, then why change? The melody and clever rhymes make this likely to be a hit.

Check out the fabulous video that goes with the song

Key West & Colorado is the latest track from the forthcoming album Chase recently recorded in his rural Tennessee home-turned-studio.

It was one of the first recorded for the project, with Chase describing it as “the heart of the record”, as it chronicles the literal journey of coming to terms with the end of a relationship.

The song is also described as representing a “sonic shift” for the singer, who teamed with producer Oscar Charles to fill his living room with a vintage stand-up piano, guitars, drums and percussion, bass and keyboards while leaving out some of his usual recording tools. For the first time in his career, it was recorded without a click track, with no pre-programmed music beds – and in many cases, one-take vocals.

“I had started writing songs at home with just me and a guitar whenever the inspiration hit me; instead of heading downtown and trying to crank something out during a scheduled writing session,” he says.

“I realised that bringing the writing room into my real life – my farm, duck camp, a vacation with my friends – whatever that might look like, was making for some really great songs. So, when we started talking about getting into the studio – what that should look and feel like – I realised we already had the answer. It should feel like home.

“It’s definitely the most excited I’ve ever been about making music, so I can’t wait to share this new sound with the fans.”

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