After a summer tour in 2017 with Looms, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sharif Mekawy came home to the end of a relationship. This heartbreak led to a month wherein he confined himself to a month of writing music on his roof.
Now, that time has gone on to inform Looms’ third full-length, The Way Up, out May 3rd via Good Eye Records. Joined by Harry Morris Jr. (guitar), Andy Murray (bass) and Harry Louis Cozza (drums), the ten-song album grapples with the life-consuming churn of lost love, “what ifs?” and rose-colored memories that warp over time.
Featuring a guest performance from guitar legend Nels Cline, “Eclipse” sparks to life as Looms establish a lush instrumental bedrock. Although vibrant in its full band form, The Way Up’s lead single goes back to Mekawy’s lonely time up on that roof as an eclipse began, forcing himself to stay up there until the song was completed.
Such is the push and pull at the heart of The Way Up; a heart-rending, expansively and beautifully realized full band effort born from a brutal, solitary reconciliation. Listeners who have loved and lost will find a friend in Loom’s latest effort, no matter where one is in their journey.
The Way Up is out May 3rd and is the fifteenth release from Good Eye Records.