Downie Streahl – Run Away With You
The newest single from Michigan born singer/songwriter Downie Streahl, “Run Away with You”, likely represents a pivotal moment in the vocalist’s career. This latest effort builds on the excellence demonstrated over three previous studio album releases and collaborations with other important artists and shows a growing emotional depth and creativity that sets her far apart from many of her contemporaries. She’s garnered awards for her efforts and countless positive critical notices, along with successfully scoring on independent music charts, and this latest release is poised to experience even greater success than those earlier efforts. Countless beautiful performers, in this diminished age, are able to rise to places of cultural prominence thanks to their physical attributes and her willingness to pander on that basis, but there’s none of that with Downie Streahl. This is an important musical work that solidifies her standing as one of the best indie singer/songwriters working today.
The guitar work opening the song has an unique touch. There’s a slight funky bite in the abbreviated chords and the bright sheen of the six string sound, but it remains warm and never has the icy brittleness that listeners too often associate with modern production aesthetics. The drumming is another exceptional musical ingredient in this mix and sets a great tone for the track punctuating everything the singer and guitar does. The uptempo pace that the song takes is the finishing ingredient in the stew and gives “Run Away with You” much of its effortless high-stepping quality that the vocals and guitar apparently aspire to. Her strong songwriting instincts are, likewise, reflected well in the song’s length. Running just a little over three and a half minutes, Streahl’s latest single is ideally constructed to make a maximum effect on her audience and fully illustrates the mood she desires, but she wisely never overplays her hand and the musical base of the song never strikes a false note.
Unlike many singers in this genre, Streahl never adopts a cookie cutter approach to her vocal. Every refrain has a slight variation from the previous pass through and even the verses are imbued with numerous subtle emotional turns. It gives an otherwise relatively simple track much needed spikes that will bring listeners deeper and deeper into its experience. The uncluttered lyrics certainly help, but Streahl communicates the song’s emotion and story in such a way that you never call her sincerity into question. Instead, audiences will be highly entertained and it’s impossible to not root for her as the song continues. This is a song that clearly comes from a airy, happy place and she knows just how to get it over with her listeners without ever sprucing it up with unnecessary vocal and musical pyrotechnics. “Run Away with You” represents the next critical turning point in Streahl’s growing career and is likely to catapult her to higher visibility than she has ever previously enjoyed.