“’Gone’ is a melancholy record. Many think it’s sad, I’d like to refer to it as melancholy. It’s about a love lost and a man’s way of sorting his thoughts. It’s kind of somber, but it’s also liberating. It’s not a record like Drake’s “Marvin’s Room,” in which a drunken former lover calls up his ex to tell her why he should still be with him–not a slight. I’m merely a guy humble enough to tell how he messed up and wishes things could’ve gone better. Even if she never comes back, I’d rather think of the good things than drown myself in sorrow about the bad ones. It’s a very visual record. It takes you places. I love that about it.” –Jered Sanders.
Update (3/8/12): Well…As you can already see, Jered Sander’s newest release “Gone” is…uh..gone. Don’t blame the artist though; it was not his decision to pull it. But in the meantime you can still read my lovely description of the now vanished single, Gone. *tear.*
It’s the simplicity of the instrumental, along with the delicate care and consideration for each word written, that immediately drew me into Jered Sanders’ newest release, “Gone.”
“Gone” eloquently guides you on a relaxing saunter on the beach. The track paints a picture of the sun embracing the horizon for the last time just before it welcomes the evening while unconsciously inducing the images of carnival rides, cotton candy, and the sincerity of new love. At times, you almost forget “Gone” is a melancholic voyage of love lost–Until the chorus comes around at least.
The instrumental is simple: soft guitar strings, maracas, drums, and Sanders faintly repeating “Yo” in the background. The bridge beautifully transitions as an almost nostalgic whistle chimes in. And, when the chorus arrives, the piece welcomes the sounds of trumpets, which warmly compliment the piece.
The beat slightly shifts to heavier drums and piano keys towards the tail-end of the track as it opens Sanders to sparingly insert a few bars of rhymes—just enough to keep the pace of the record constant. A mini piano scale follows his verse and Sanders almost immediately steps back into the original pace of the song.
As the last seconds tick away, everything slowly fades out with the soft crashes of the ocean hitting the seashore—a perfect conclusion to a smooth ride of melodic chords and beautiful words written. Do yourself a favor and listen to “Gone” for yourself. Enjoy.
And, if you haven’t already, check out the interview we had a year ago right here.