Further On Ahead by Three Strands (Review)

Today, I am sharing a review in partnership with The Marketing Mixtape, who reached out to me, to help me promote one of their artists new songs. "Further On Ahead" is a new song by Three Strands, released on Friday 30th August across the globe. Headed by Sean Cox, the Lancaster Pennsylvania-based singer and songwriter has found growing success since his release party for "Letters To Light" was a sell-out.

Taken from his own website: "after completing a successful kickstarter campaign in April of this year, Sean is currently finishing a Sophmore EP set for release in autumn of 2019. Through honest and simplistic arrangements and strong influences from the American folk revival, as well as, early gospel and blues traditions, Three Strands exists to dredge those deep waters in search for the strands that unite us all."

The latest release "Further On Ahead" is described by Cox, as a song about avoiding the tendency to project one’s lack of self worth onto others, and in so doing, allowing those negative feelings to linger on. Personally, I think that's a lovely message to try and share.

Despite this being a collaboration, I have to be honest and admit I genuinely love the song. The introduction begins with a calming, beautiful guitar playing chords. I adored the tune and the soft voice is just perfect. For those who are fans of Take That, it reminds me of Gary Barlow in a lot of ways but stronger and less husky. As a fan of country, I often find some folk music overlaps into the category and while I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of folk music in general, this one takes a country edge and it's defintely a song I'll be adding to my playlist. It's perfect for chilling out and relaxing.

From a slightly negative perspective, I felt the song ended rather abruptly and I was left confused about whether it was the actual ending the first couple of times I listened to it. I'm not sure if it's the volume of the song and whether a fade out would have improved it or simply if I wanted to hear more, but that's the only comment I can make.

Overall, it's a lovely, peaceful and relaxing song. I've listened to it on repeat and I think it will continue to be one that I press play on. Also, can I just take a moment to comment on the songs artwork. It's such a stunning image. I love the simplicity of it. The backdrop is beautiful but it's Cox and his guitar which I admire the most; not stealing the attention, but showcasing the simplicity of the song. I wish Three Strands all the success with this latest release.

You can find the song now available on many platforms, e.g. Spotify, Amazon Prime, iTunes etc. Be sure to share the song if you like it and tag me and Sean too! Let me know what you think in the comments below or on social media. I hope you love it as much as I do.