Since the January release of their debut EP, Tides, Gone West has been making major waves in country music.
On Friday (June 7) the foursome released their new single, “What Could’ve Been,” a heart-wrenching ballad about love lost.
With somber instrumentation and heartfelt harmonies, the quarter is filled with regret and wondering. Interestingly, Gone West is composed of two happy couples: Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat and her fiance Justin Young, and married songwriters Nelly Joy and Jason Reeves. Yet, romantic statuses aside, the group do heartbreak incredibly well on “What Could’ve Been.”
The slow-burn ballad features the foursome’s unparalleled harmonies as they’re left to wonder what could’ve been in the wake of a failed relationship. “I don’t know what this is or what it isn’t/ But it feels like we’ve got unfinished business,” They sing, and the tone for the entire song is set. “I thought I’d see it clearly from a distance/ But it still feels like we’ve got unfinished business.”
“It’s just about two people that maybe let their relationship fall apart and then they think back years later on what they could have done differently and maybe they would still have been together,” Caillat told PEOPLE of the song.
“We’re two happy couples, but we really love writing heartbreak songs or breakup songs. There’s just something about writing and singing sad songs that feels better, even if you’re not sad at the moment,” revealed Reeves. “We’ve all been sad in the past and we probably will be in the future.”
Interestingly, the song is similar in tone and composition to Lady Antebellum’s latest release, “What If I Never Get Over You,” but there’s room for both harmonic super-groups in today’s country landscape. Based on everything we’ve heard from Gone West thus far, we can’t wait for their forthcoming debut album, due out on Triple Tigers Records.
“What Could’ve Been” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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