New York-based musician Totten Bridge has released his anthemic love song, ‘I Can’t Leave Us Behind’, on the 24th of November Via StephJam Music. Unbound by genre, and defined by an endless and experimental artistic pursuit, the multifaceted artist has garnered over 1.7 million streams across all platforms, as well as publication support from the likes of Notion Mag, Earmilk, Backseat Mafia, and Medium, with his recent single**,** ‘Better Than Me’, receiving support from notable tastemaker CLASH Magazine.
‘I Can’t Leave Us Behind’ begins with poignant, picked guitar notes, setting the tone for the emotional potency that awaits the listener. Akin to the likes of Sam Fender and Ed Sheeran, Totten Bridge’s emotive and harmonic vocals pair perfectly with a driving bass guitar, set beneath an uplifting yet melancholic chord progression, and later accompanied by a foot tapping four-to-the-floor beat as the song crescendos into its anthemic climax. Smooth and clear in his resplendent vocal delivery, Totten Bridge’s lyrics explore the haunting nature of a romantic relationship in its aftermath. He bravely ponders about how powerful it is to hold space for the bittersweet experience of treasuring a person’s positive impact on you, instead of trying to eradicate them from your memory – a challenge that is faced ubiquitously across humanity.
Totten Bridge was first introduced to music through his grandfather’s record store. After taking records home to listen to after school, he eventually discovered the acoustic guitar, training himself to translate the music and melodies in his head into existence. Despite being influenced by the likes of Sam Fender, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Coldplay, and Imagine Dragons, his music is eclectic and enigmatic- refusing to be pigeonholed into one specific category.
In a vague attempt to box the unboxable, Totten Bridge’s music could be best described as Rock, with British and American influences that incorporate pop, folk, motown, and even EDM at times, relying on infectious melodies and tight musical arrangements that culminate in anthemic sing-along choruses. Focusing on themes of love and life, his lyrics are relatable in their concise directness, with the ultimate goal of resonating with each listener personally on an emotional level.
Totten Bridge shared: “I Can’t Leave Us Behind” is a torch song about a love that continues to linger on in the heart and mind forever. It simmers like a burning ember that cannot be extinguished and is a constant reminder when an old favorite song comes on the radio or when the sun sets. It’s a universal feeling that everyone has felt at one time in their life. It’s part of the journey through life and love and it’s what makes us who we are.”