There’s something magical about seeing artists utilize music as a means to communicate the unspoken feelings and frustrations of their audience. Sometimes the feelings come easy, sometimes they are a bit more convoluted, complex, and contradictory. Chris Ahee Adams’ newest single, “Loner Stoner,” is a self-reflection on the latter whereby Ahee conveys that it’s okay to make space for these types of feelings.
“Me staying at home gave me a lot of time to self-reflect on how much I miss the live show environment, being out with my friends, and listening to music as a community,” says Adams of the track. “My new song ‘Loner Stoner’ is both laidback and heavy at the same time.”
There’s a certain melancholy approach to this three-minute tune. It’s seen first in the song’s gentle introduction that slowly rises until the song’s climax point, progressing towards an all-to-familiar festival vibe that fans have come to love and expect from Ahee. From a composition standpoint, “Loner Stoner” has a special touch to it that imparts feelings of hope and a sense of anticipation for what’s to come next. It’s a musical journey that guides the ears and emotions gently and coaxes them from one drop to the next. It’s a world of imagination and letting go of all things surrounding the immediate physical realm.
Sometimes recently I’ll close my eyes and imagine being at a live show again with flashing lights, big crowds, & heavy bass, but then I’ll open my eyes and it’s just me in my studio, alone with my thoughts. This song is meant to capture that feeling. I think a number of people can relate to that at the moment.”Ahee
All in all, the track speaks on a purely existential level to what many haven’t quite found the words for just yet. 2020 has been a series of unexpected twists and turns such that it will forever go down in human history as a mass turning point. Despite the uncertainty the world has experienced this year, artists like Ahee are looking at the times to embraces the opposite sides of desire: solitude and community. For the “Loner Stoner,” one cannot reach wholeness without passing through this yin-and-yang.
Everyone has experienced their own brand of isolation and seclusion during quarantine, this much is true. Yet the fact remains that every person experienced a similar sort of solitude—a familiar sameness, in other words—and this is what binds us together. That is what community is about.
“Loner Stoner” is out now on Circus Records.