“Way Way Back” juxtaposes love, both new and familiar, along with the perculiar space it occupies in one’s mind. Diving into the internal, emotional conflict individuals face when rekindling an old flame. Recorded in Nashville’s Mt. Eden Studios and produced by Clark, who also lends his musicianship on the keyboard, guitar, and vocals. The ambient track also features the mellow percussion of Jerry Roe (Rodney Crowell, EmmyLou Harris, Luke Combs) on drums.
My partner said something once about the idea when people get back together with past romantic partners. You always go as far as you’ve gone. If you slept together back then, you’d sleep together again. I thought it was a funny thought, and definitely true. But, it’s not something I’d ever heard anyone say out loud. So, I took that idea and explored the peculiar space that old sexual partners seem to occupy in everyone’s mind. It can be hard to escape the comfort and nostalgia that memory lane offers, and that’s what “Way Way Back” is about. The whole song — production and arrangement — is indicative of this push and pull between the risky excitement of something new and the ease of something familiar. – Donovan Woods
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