Stay In My Corner – The Arcs
Right now I can’t get enough of the Arcs and their album Yours, Dreamily. This is the new band from one half of the wonderful The Black Keys. Dan Auerbach teamed up with an array of diverse artists to create the record in just two weeks in a Brooklyn studio. He got the opportunity to make this bit of different music while bandmate Patrick Carney nurses a tour-cancelling shoulder injury. The Arcs includes Truth and Soul Records founder Leon Michels, the Black Keys touring bassist Richard Swift, Menahan Street Band member Homer Steinweiss, Amy Winehouse collaborator Nick Movshon, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, and all the members of all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
Dan Auerbach has described the album as “pretty weird” – so if he’s right, weird is now a good thing.
Throughout Yours, Dreamily there are shades of each of the Keys albums influencing certain tracks and it makes for compelling listening. My current pick of the songs is Stay In My Corner, a song about a break up told in a boxing metaphor inspired by this years Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao bout.
This is a slow rock jam of epic proportions. In classic Dan Auerbach style it is effortlessly cool. It’s hard to escape the similarities to the Black Keys entirely when the lead vocalist and writer has a very distinctive sound, but there’s something a bit softer about the Arcs and Stay In My Corner showcases that. All of those funky riffs and melodies we love in the Black Keys work, go just as well with this more laid-back base sound as they do with the more drum-lead and upbeat Keys tunes.
I’m ready to crank this tune over and over while having a few beers in the summer sun (she writes on a rainy day -sigh).