GARETH INKSTER – “LAST YEAR”
LAST YEAR (2018)
February 12, 2018
“Last Year” is Gareth Inkster’s debut single. Documenting the inauspicious beginnings of a young relationship, the song starts with a low-fi stanza, describing a specific time and place. As the lyrics zoom out, the music develops too, and both the lyrics and the music leave the simpler quality behind, becoming more complex. By the time the song has fully developed, the lyrics are exploring the nature of desire itself, and the confusion that one feels when they desire more than one thing at at time. The song is a sonic tip of the hat to some of Inkster’s biggest influences. The double-tracked lead vocals are a subtle nod to Elliott Smith, the falsetto background vocals in the second verse are a less subtle nod to Brian Wilson, and the lead playing is largely informed by that of Taylor Goldsmith, from Dawes. The single is the forerunner for a full-length release from Inkster, which is under two months away.
Gareth Inkster is a 26 year old singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. Having recorded extensively in a supporting role for various local musicians for the past 6 years, Inkster has spent the past several months in the studio focusing his efforts on his debut solo-project. Last Year is his first release.