Are you ready to get that Healing Feeling? Louis York has had us looking in the daytime with a flashlight for a release date for their upcoming sophomore set. While that has yet to materialize, the "Headphones" duo is more than content to give us a listen to what the album will sound like. The latest preview is their romantic cut "Strawberry Skies."
The influence of the greats is ever present on the track, which follows the tradition of soulful love songs from the late '70s and early '80s. Percussion that quietly bubbles under the surface is paired expertly with Chuck Harmony's masterful piano playing and slight guitar to set the mood for love. Vocalist Claude Kelly, meanwhile, waxes poetic about his love.
"Oooh, I know I'll never find a love this true / Never in a million years / Never in a million years did I / Imagine you'd show me strawberry skies," a lovestruck Kelly sings, his passion showing in each phrase."
Before the song ends, everything flips as the song breaks into an unexpected samba. It's a very Stevie Wonder move and it works just as well here as a celebratory cap to the warm and loving feeling that the song elicits.
"'Strawberry Skies' is a love song about tenderness and romance! We feel it’s important for Black men to put that on front street," the duo said in a statement. "We were inspired by love songs made by Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, and so many more. The art of a good love song is not lost on us, and we are here to push that forward."
Take a moment to float in "Strawberry Skies" with the fellas of Louis York when you press play.