"Why I Had to Go" by Bishop Allen // Lights Out (Out 8.19.14 via Dead Oceans)
It’s been a handful of years since Bishop Allen dropped an album, and thankfully, that came to an end today with the release of their new full length, Lights Out. A few weeks back, the band dropped the lovely, nostalgic pop gem, “Why I Had to Go”. I didn’t get around to writing it up then, but with today’s release, it’s as good a time as any to take a stroll back through the wistful world of folk pop by-way-of synth pop. The band’s frontman, Justin Rice has said that the track is inspired by the feeling he was getting when he would return to New York City after having moved upstate - that feeling of sweet nostalgia that only lasts as long as it takes to remember the reasons that you moved on in the first place. That is certainly a feeling in which I can relate. So, hit play and check out one of the prettier tracks to come down the aisle in months. Highly recommended.