Former frontman of And So I Watch You From Afar, Tony Wright, takes an earthier turn on ‘No More Years’, a rousing blast of vigorous acoustic strumming, brash harmonica and pounding stickwork, which rises above much of the national nu-folk output by virtue of its stomping, windswept glee. Appropriately enough for a tune of raw and rustic bent, the accompanying video sets our hero in remote surrounds, with only his guitar case for company as he’s pursued through the woods by a mysterious stalker, an ordeal that provokes one of the finest silent profanities ever mouthed in a pop promo. There’s a lesson to be learned, it seems, and the refrain, “No Going Back To Year Zero”, serves as more of a climactic outro than orthodox chorus. The initial hook on this first single from VerseChorusVerse’s eponymous album comes courtesy of the simple harp melody and the singer’s emphatic “Hey!”, which injects further brio into what is a gratifyingly unrefined and uplifting few minutes.
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