New Music: Boywithahalo – Dontsaveme

Boywithahalo is an acoustic folk artist from Dallas, USA who I first discovered last month through his track Summer We Never Had. His new one has a somewhat slower tempo but his trademark sound remains.

By Graeme Smith

Accompanied simply by ukulele, the delicate vocals become the star of the show. Delivered with a delicate passion, they tell the story of the fear associated with being Asian in America during the coronavirus pandemic, and the related hate-crimes that are sadly too present.

As the track progresses, the arrangement builds, introducing percussion that feels positively rich compared to the music’s earlier simplicity. It’s highly effective and I found myself feeling the tension and anxiousness portrayed in the song’s lyrics. Dontsaveme is another masterclass from an artist who has found and celebrates his unique voice.

You can hear the track below. If you like your music on the stripped-back side be sure to follow our Raw Stuff playlist on Spotify.