Some people have an amazing gift to make anything seem poetic. They could literally write about anything and make it seem wonderful, and Isaac Gracie is one of those individuals. Not saying he has written about anything weird like piles or traffic cones (Not 100% on that, I might not be intellectual enough to pick out the true meaning behind this song), but since the release of his debut single ‘Last Words’ it seems the world has fallen in love with this young singer-songwriter. His latest single ‘Terrified’ follows on from a steady stream of solid singles and was actually released immediately after his debut EP The Death of You & I. Talk about productivity.
As to be expected from Isaac, ‘Terrified’ aims for the heart while it’s instrumental bashes the ribcage out of the way. I’ve been listening to it for about a month and it’s true, I have no ribs left. While the song starts off with your standard man-and-his-guitar formula it soon introduces other elements before blooming into a truly mesmerising listen. As Isaac’s voice begins to project pained lyrics of heartache and lust, the instrumental ramps up the volume with pianos repeating twinkling keys, drums hitting a little harder and the guitar beginning to crumble ever so slightly in it’s distorted cage, before erupting into a chorus that takes my breath away. It’s one of those classic choruses that immediately makes tears appear in the eyes, and creates this desire to sing along with Isaac which seems to tipple over into a justified need to start it all over again.
To put it simply, ‘Terrified’ is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. It’s clear that Isaac Gracie is a very talented musician, and the amount of time and consideration that must have been put into each layer shows in this song. It’s a hit, it’s a heartbreaker, it’s a ballad, it’s everything you could want from a song, and I love it so much.