“I need a vacation,” coos John Calvin Abney. It’s both a profuse declaration and a hushed sigh. “Leave Me at the Shoreline,” off his newly-released Tourist LP, laps around the earlobes like waves kissing a seashell-crusted beach. Crystalline beads of sand melt together, almost as though Abney’s view is actually a dripping watercolor. “I made a promise I said I would keep / But I know I can’t,” he stretches his heart until it snaps. “If you leave me at the shoreline, and forget me slow, I’ll do the same to you in time / Like the evening glow.” Heartbreak, if nothing else, is cataclysmically devastating.
Listen to “Leave Me at the Shoreline” below.