Every once in a while a song comes along that reminds you to slow down. Stop, listen to the little things in life and regroup. Wesley Walker, performing under the moniker Free Yourself, abides by the laws of nature and speaks to the soul in his gorgeous song “Take Your Breath Away”. Simplistic and softly begging to be sung along to, this new track is a calming meditative track that leaves the listener feeling elated.
This song is not a race. It’s the type of song that is meant to hear in the open air at an amphitheater or on your car radio during a long road trip. Walker’s baritone vocals, smooth to the touch and glossy like a fresh shave, harness a plethora of feel goodery lyrics. Won’t you please help me ease my troubled mind, the Southern California sojourner sings. A peaceful guitar strums below his voice, with an orchestration music bed that could very well be the soundtrack to a walk through a meadow of goldenrod flowers, galloping parallel. And that peaceful easy feeling’s got a hold on me, it’s reminding me to breathe…and there’s always much more, Walker sings with tranquility. If it takes your breath away there’s not need to explain, continues Walker, as a siren of a female vocalist sings ah-ah-ah with joy alongside. There’s always so much more, he reminds. What a solid reminder to always look on the bright side of things and look for the good in people around you. It’s very hard sometimes, but it’s there. Finding new music like this can be a treasure hunt for the needle in the haystack, but this pays off.
Slowly you find yourself melting into the dreamy, but lucid vocals and stirring music bed. It’s not psychedelic, but you have to wonder if there’s some sort of chemical in the audio as it’s so alluring and paralyzing. A longer jam, “Take Your Breath Away” clocks in at just over seven minutes. Walker elongates some of the sweet, mellow guitar arrangements. Some of the stanzas are repeats, and it’s a lovely journey that is well worth the climb. It would be easy to mentally check out during the song, but again, Walker grips you with his friendly vocals and laid-back demeanor. I feel like this song could be the theme song to North Face or the anthesis of any of my family’s camping trips. Just kidding. Sorta. The song just emits a strong emotional tie to the community and Mother Nature. The chorus lingers for hours, like the last embers of the campfire.
So where’s this guy been? Free Yourself has been playing around coffee shops, corner bars, campfires and jamming with as many artists as allowed. In his press materials he notes Van Morrison and Pink Floyd as influences. With as many layers as this song presents and the strong storytelling, charismatic vocals he possesses, Free Yourself definitely draws from these talent pools. “Take Your Breath Away” is from the anticipated debut album Free Music.