Today’s Song: Left Vessel Latches on Love in “Please Don’t Stop”

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Left Vessel reckons with his love in “Please Don’t Stop,” a heart-on-sleeve embrace of the good, the bad, and everything in-between – because love is worth it.
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Stream: “Please Don’t Stop” – Left Vessel


There’s a pivotal point in any long-term relationship when you come face-to-face with your love, and its sheer weight shocks you to your core. There’s no going back, once you’ve found the one: When you’re in love, you never ever want to be without it – and therein lies the source of our endless litany of love songs. Left Vessel reckons with his love in “Please Don’t Stop,” a heart-on-sleeve embrace of the good, the bad, and everything in-between – because love is worth it.

Please Don't Stop - Left Vessel

Please Don’t Stop – Left Vessel

If the light shone down in the
night to circle me walking home

Dragging feet through the dark streets,
head down ’cause I’m alone

I don’t know how to be that person
And I don’t want to
‘Cause I need you
And you know it’s true

Released last month, “Please Don’t Stop” is the sophomore single by Nick Byron Campbell’s new musical moniker Left Vessel, a project built off dreamy folk and wondrous heartland warmth. Debuting with the song “This Year Be” in 2018, Left Vessel’s blend of orchestral flourishes with traditional acoustic guitar allows his work to feel simultaneously intimate, and larger-than-life.

This is especially true for “Please Don’t Stop,” where shimmering keyboards add a layer of revelry to a song that speaks as much about fear and strife, as it does devotion and affection. Campbell reaches his peak in the chorus, with the impassioned cry:

Please don’t stop loving me
Please don’t start stopping loving me
It would break my heart
Tear me apart
If you should depart
Left Vessel

Left Vessel



“‘Please Don’t Start’ started as a joke lyric I would sometimes sing to an ex in a redneck accent (I have family from Kentucky so I’m allowed to do that),” Campbell tells Atwood Magazine. ” The melody and lyric would often get stuck in my head, and eventually I started to slowly craft a song from it. Then as that relationship took a turn and ended in divorce, the song adopted a heavier meaning. I kept tinkering with it, recording it over and over in different styles and tones, but it never quite felt right.”

Campbell continues, “Then it again took on changed meaning as a beautiful new relationship entered my life that ultimately led to the birth of my child and marriage. It was in this latest era I finally found the way this song was meant to be presented. No song has taken me this long to finish. I often like to get an idea out and be done with it as quickly as possible. In this instance it felt like the song had to take it’s time, beginning as a ridiculous joke made years ago during a New England snow storm blackout, and ending as a recording in sunny Los Angeles as an earnest show of vulnerability. My hope is that the final recording contains all of that history within it for the listener to experience.”

Sure we all know that no love grows without a touch of pain
The hurt sings gives the heart wings, makes the blood run cold
But I’d live through all pain it caused me
Should I know
That you’d be there
And I would be there
Please don’t stop loving me
Please don’t start stopping loving me
It would break my heart
Tear me apart
If you should depart

Just as it grew and changed over time, “Please Don’t Stop” is itself something of a transformative listen. The track grows from a question into a blissful indulgence in the shared experience of love; at the end of the day, Campbell isn’t asking from a place of fear or trepidation; rather, he’s asking from a genuine place of understanding and knowing. Vast harmonies surround the artist as he exclaims his chorus to the heavens, swinging the guitar and doubling-down on the keys in joyous fervor.

This is certainly not the last we’ll be hearing of Left Vessel, but for now, we are left cheerfully satisfied.

Stream: “Please Don’t Stop” – Left Vessel



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