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Callow Cal's "It's Been a Year" - An Indie-Rock Tale of Personal Evolution


Promo Shot: Callow Cal captured in contemplative mood, reflecting the essence of his transformative single "It's Been a Year."
Promo Shot: Callow Cal captured in contemplative mood

The Self-Producing Glasgow Artist Delivers a Powerful, Liberating Anthem. Is This the New Chapter for Indie-Rock?

The first strums of the guitar in Callow Cal's "It's Been a Year" immediately pulled me into a journey of self-discovery, almost like a temporal pilgrimage. I've got to say, this is an indie-rock banger, but it is equally a transformative anthem. It taps into the raw, emotional archives of the listener and sets a fire that you didn't know needed lighting. One that rests deep within.

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 Cover Art:  Embodying the spirit of liberation and evolution showcased in "It's Been a Year"
Cover Art: Embodying the spirit of liberation and evolution showcased in "It's Been a Year"

At first listen I was gripped by its reflective qualities. The country-rock guitar line felt like a dialogue, a conversation between the artist and his past. We've all had that moment of reflection, right? That "Has it really been a year?" kind of sentiment? Well, Callow Cal turns that sentiment into an emotionally charged, liberating journey.


Moving on, what sets this song apart is its dual narrative. On the surface, it is a song about the absence of someone special, but if you dig a little deeper, like I did, you'll unearth a triumphant story of self-discovery and liberation. That's the genius of Callow Cal - he's a unique storyteller with a knack for his craft. He creates an experience that asks, is marking a date on a calendar merely a reminder, or can it be a celebration?


As I listened to the crescendo of the song culminates in its final hook, I found myself struck by an epiphany. Aren't we all evolving, day by day, minute by minute? Is any version of us set in stone? And isn't that realisation alone worth celebrating? For me, there are two distinct elements to music as a listener - is it entertaining? and does it speak to me? This is an artist who manages to do both.


Genre: Alt-Country, Alt Rock, Pop Indie, Melodic Pop Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Male Vocals, Scottish Based, Rock, Pop, Soft Rock


Mood: Liberating, Reflective, Emotional, Uplifting



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