Review: Alex Bayly - I'll Never Leave You

London singer Alex Bayly shares his single ‘I’ll Never Leave You’. It’s a ‘glorious, heartfelt piece of writing’ says Lewis Abbott

Review by Lewis Abbott

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Alex Bayly is a London-based songwriter with feet planted in both the indie and folk camps. He’s been hailed by Clash and It’s All Indie and has had good backing at BBC Introducing level, with a few Spotify playlists to boot. Bayly’s new single, ‘I’ll Never Leave You’, is, in his own words, “the story of a person professing their love and commitment, but as time passes they become aware of the outside world and other extraneous factors having an effect on their state of mind and their relationship.”

 ‘I’ll Never Leave You’ is accompanied by a simple but effective video, showing Bayly using various methods of transport (each as bizarre as the last) to get, well, somewhere. The song itself is a glorious, heartfelt piece of writing, featuring the opening lines: “I love the scenery, when you're up close to me, with your arms around your neck, while you're touching my chest”. These lines are the only ones sung before we’re into the chorus, which is strong and reinforces the title of the track.

As the song progresses. the chorus line of “I’ll never leave” changes to “I gotta leave” before morphing into a breakdown, which is chaotic in its instrumentation and sorrowful in lyricism. The vocal is consistently strong, and each word is sung with a conviction and with meaning. I do love a song in which the narrative changes, and this is reflected in a slight variation of lyrical content.

Signed to Big Indie Records, Bayly clearly has the backing and the talent to go a long way, with influences such as Nick Drake, Local Natives and Andy Shauf coming to the surface. If you’re in and around the capital, keep your eye out for when Alex Bayly is next taking to the stage.

 Words by Lewis Abbott

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